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Apple and Intel have Filed an Antitrust Lawsuit against Fortress Investment Group Connected to Uniloc USA and Luxembourg

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Apple and Intel on Wednesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against SoftBank-owned Fortress Investment Group, alleging the firm stockpiled patents to hold up technology companies with lawsuits demanding as much as $5.1 billion from Apple.


CNBC reports that "The suit follows an earlier case filed by Intel against Fortress in October. Intel withdrew that suit and on Wednesday filed a new version in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California with Apple also joining as a plaintiff.


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In the filing on Wednesday, Apple said that a group of firms connected to Fortress had filed at least 25 lawsuits against the iPhone maker, asking for between $2.6 billion and $5.1 billion in damages from the iPhone maker. One of the suits, Apple wrote in its filing, alleged that Apple violated a step-counting patent in its devices with health-tracking apps.


Two Fortress-connected firms, Uniloc USA and Uniloc Luxembourg, 'have disclosed that they believe they are entitled to damages of between $1.41 and $2.75 per Apple product, for total damages in the range of $375 to $732 million,' Apple wrote in its complaint.


'The apparent precision of the per-unit damages request is a facade; Uniloc USA and Uniloc Luxembourg simply adopted the amounts that Apple sought from Samsung in litigation for Appleā€™s patents.'"


Intel said it could not comment beyond the court filing, and Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Patently Apple covered a number of Uniloc patent infringement cases against Apple up until 2017 (01, 02 & 03). A decision was made shortly thereafter to no longer cover Uniloc's patent infringement cases, as the company had become a serial patent troll focusing on Apple at an increasing rate.


In 2018 alone Uniloc had filed more than 180 patent infringement lawsuits against a wide array of technology companies.


The new Apple-Intel lawsuit is not a surprise in the least.


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