A Texas based Company by the name of Intercarrier Communications (ICC) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The Company claims that Apple's Messages and FaceTime applications found in iOS and OS X infringe on their single patent which they took assignment of for the sole purpose of suing other companies. In the last five days, Intercarrier Communications have filed infringement suits against Apple, MobiWeb, Inerop Technologies, BroadSoft, Iris Wireless and others using the same patent. By definition, Intercarrier Communications looks to be the Patent troll of the week.
The patent that Apple's software allegedly infringes upon is patent 6,985,748 titled "Inter-Carrier messaging service providing phone number only experience."
The case was filed in the Virginia Eastern District Court. The presiding Judge in this case is noted as being Judge John A. Gibney. According to a 2012 study: Patent Trolls Cost Tech Companies $29 Billion Last Year.
Intercarriers Communications v. Apple
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