A Taiwanese Company by the name of CyWee Group Ltd. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's iOS Core Motion Framework that is used in Apple's iDevices like the iPhone 5S.
CyWee Group Ltd. is a corporation existing under the laws of the British Virgin Islands with a principal place of business in Taipei, Taiwan. Their formal complaint states that CyWee is a world leading Technology Company that focuses on building products and services for consumers and businesses. CyWee is widely known as having one of the most significant patent portfolios in the industry, and is considered a market leader in its core development areas of motion processing, wireless high definition video delivery, and facial tracking technology.
The first count of patent infringement against Apple involves U.S. Patent 8,552,978 (the '978 Patent"), titled "3D Pointing Device and Method for Compensating Rotations of the 3D Pointing Device Thereof."
The CyWee Group notes in their formal complaint before the court that Apple's infringing products include the iPhone 5S, iPad Air and the iPad mini (2nd generation), collectively referred to as "Accused Products."
They further note that Apple has had knowledge of and notice of the '978 Patent and Apple's infringement of the '978 Patent since at least March 31, 2014, and through the filing and service of this Complaint, and despite this knowledge continues to infringe.
Furthermore, the complaint adds that CyWee is informed and believes, and thereupon alleges, that Apple actively induces customers to infringe the '978 Patent in violation of 35 U.S.C. § 271(b) by instructing and otherwise encouraging infringement and by providing infringing mobile devices and 3D pointing technologies preinstalled in the Accused Products. For example, Apple provides application developers a Core Motion Framework Reference for Apple's iOS platform to enable end users to enable the Accused Products' hardware to determine current position or motion associated with the device. Consumers of the Accused Products then directly or jointly infringe the '978 Patent.
CyWee is informed and believes, and thereupon alleges, that Apple knowingly offers to sell or sells within the United States or imports into the United States the Accused Products that contain infringing 3D pointing technologies preinstalled. The 3D pointing technologies are especially made or especially adapted for use in infringement of the '978 Patent.
A second patent in this infringement case involves US granted patent 8,441,438. CyWee repeats the same allegations for this patent as noted in the '978 patent outline. The second patent is titled "3D Pointing Device and Method for Compensating Movement Thereof."
The patent infringement case presented in today's report was filed in the California Northern District Court, San Francisco Office. At present, no Judge has been assigned to the case.
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