Today, DSS Technology Management, a leading developer and integrator of security technologies has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's Mac Mini and iMac computers that provide wireless Bluetooth connections to a plurality of peripheral devices that infringe on two DSS patents regarding "a data network system in which the server and the peripherals communicate in low duty cycle RF bursts." Report Updated Nov. 28, 2013
A new Class Action lawsuit has been initiated by Rendell Roman against Apple on behalf of individuals who purchased devices from Apple that use the Lightning connector that is prone to fraying, breakage, failure and beyond. The complaint alleges that Apple possessed knowledge of the defect prior to distributing the Lightning connector.
Vantage Point Technology has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's use of ARM processors in products such as the iPhone, iPad and beyond. This patent troll is suing Apple with a 1995 patent once owned by Intergraph Corporation in an effort to gain an ongoing royalty from Apple.
Patent lawsuits are a fact of life for technology companies today, and profitable companies with popular products make tempting targets. Apple's own attempts to use patents, notably against Korea-based Samsung, have met with both success and failure, but here in LA Apple was purely on the defensive. Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs was invoked several times during the trial for his famous quote, "we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas", an item the plaintiff hoped would resonate with the 6-woman, 2-man jury. The case is now in the hands of the jury. Report Updated Nov. 26, 2013
After failed attempts by Samsung to get a mistrial, the Silicon Valley jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $290 million in damages for copying vital iPhone and iPad features. In an e-mailed statement, Apple stated that the case "has always been about more than patents and money. It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love." Today's verdict is the fifth-largest jury award in the U.S. in 2013.
Texas based patent troll eDekka has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit states that Apple has infringed on claims 1 and 3 of their 1992 patent 6,266,674. More specifically, the company alleges that Apple's infringement involves their website's use of "shopping cart" functionality which is their technology. And like all good patent trolls, they also filed separate lawsuits against Symantec Corporation and Liberty Interactive on the same day.
A patent troll by the name of TLI Communications has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's iCloud, iPhoto, iMovie and Photo Stream products. According to the court document, TLI alleges that Apple's products use their patented technology without license or authority to classify images so that they can be easily uploaded, stored, organized, retrieved and shared. On the same day that they filed their lawsuit against Apple, TLI filed a similar separate lawsuit using the very same patent against Facebook.
A new class action came to light today that was officially filed against Apple late last Friday by Nancy Romine Minkler. The class action regards Apple's marred iOS Maps app. The class action lists seven cause of action ranging from unfair competition to violations of false and misleading advertising to breach of warranty through to negligent misrepresentations. It's a bit of a head-scratcher of a Class Action. I mean, who buys a new cellular phone solely on the basis of a maps app that's accurate 99% of the time? Can anyone really sue Apple for mapping information that is incorrect less than 1% of the time? Yes they can. But whether they'll win is another matter. Our report presents you with an introduction to the Class Action and the full list of the seven counts against Apple as represented in the court document.
The anchor of Apple's suit against Samsung, once invalidated by the US Patent and Trademark office, has been reaffirmed and is now likely stronger, believes one patent lawyer. Apple's US Patent 7,479,949, entitled, "Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics," lists Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs and 24 other prominent current and former Apple engineers as inventors. Apple applied for the patent in April 2008 and was granted the patent less than a year later. Apple's patent covered close to 300 patent figures covering key elements of their invention. Apple's latest victory once again mocks the pipe dream of Samsung supporters who think that Apple has invented nothing. We laugh as we watch their crazed "invalidation theories" go up in flames.
A full-time non-exempt Apple Store Specialist who worked at both Spokane and San Francisco stores over a two year period has filed a Class Action lawsuit against Apple on behalf of himself and all non-exempt employees who are employed by Apple as non-exempt Specialists, Lead Specialists and Expert Specialists and non-exempt Managers, Senior Managers, Developmental Managers and Business Managers. Specialists and Managers are collectively referred to as Hourly Employees. The nuts and bolts of the complaint revolve around the fact that employees that are paid hourly wages should be compensated for the time lost waiting in lines for mandatory Apple security checks every day. Considering this is a requirement by Apple, employees should be compensated. Apple was sued in a similar case in July by two former Apple Store employees from New York and Los Angeles. Our report covers the full basic complaint filed with the court in San Francisco.
A Westford Massachusetts company by the name of Aylus Networks Inc. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit primarily concerns all things related to Apple TV. Aylus alleges that Apple TV and Apple Macintosh computers, iPod Touches, iPhones, and iPads using AirPlay infringe the patent at issue in this case.
According to Obama's designee, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, said in a statement today that "After carefully weighing policy considerations, including the impact on consumers and competition, advice from agencies, and information from interested parties, I have decided to allow" the import ban to proceed.
In February we posted a report titled "Bizarre Ruling has Apple Losing their iPhone trademark in Brazil." We noted at the time that Apple-Legal would appeal that decision and yesterday their appeal resulted in the overturning of the previous ruling from the Brazilian Intellectual Property Institute. The decision was issued by a court in Rio de Janeiro.