Texas based NovelPoint Tracking (NPT) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The Company is claiming that Apple's iPhone 4S and other iDevices are infringing on their 6,442,485 patent titled "Method and Apparatus for an Automatic Vehicle Location, Collision Notification, and Synthetic Voice." There is a definite twist to this case and our report highlights that for you.
A Different Kind of Infringement Case
NPT's formal complaint takes a different angle than most patent infringement cases. In this complaint, NPT states that "Upon information and belief, based on the information presently available to NPT, absent discovery, and in the alternative to direct infringement, NPT contends that Defendant has contributed, and continues to contribute, to the infringement by third parties (including its affiliates, agents, and customers) of one or more claims of the Patent-in-Suit under 35 U.S.C. § 271(c) by selling, offering for sale, and/or importing Defendant's products, knowing that those products constitute a material part of the inventions of the Patent-in-Suit, knowing that those products are especially made or adapted to infringe the Patent-in-Suit, and knowing that those products are not staple articles of commerce suitable for substantial noninfringing use."
Apple isn't just being sued for their own iOS location based services but also for facilitating third party location based services on their iDevices.
The case was filed in the United States Texas Eastern District Court. The presiding Judge in this case is not listed at this time for case number 2:2012cv00713.
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