Apple's FaceTime is targeted in a new Patent Infringement Lawsuit
Secure Web Conference Corporation based out of Melville, New York has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's FaceTime and all of the hardware that it's capable of running on which includes the iPhone and specific Macs.
Secure Web Conference's formal complaint before the court states that generally speaking, US patent 6,856,687 (the '687 patent) relates to secure web-based peer-to-peer communications. Specifically, the '687 Patent discloses microprocessor-based devices that provide secure peer-to-peer communications with other devices over a network.
Secure Web Conference believes that Apple, without authority, consent, right, or license – manufactures products that directly infringe one or more of the patent claims including but not limited to Claim 29 of the '687 Patent (which we provide you with below the graphic).
According to the complaint, Apple directly infringes by making, using, selling, and/or offering for sale the following products ("Accused Products") that include or are capable of running the FaceTime software application, including, but not limited to: all Macintosh computers with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and Mac OS X v 10.6.6; all iPhone models that include an A7 or A8 processor and are capable of running iOS 7; and all iPad models that are cellular-enabled and that include an A7 or A8 processor and are capable of running iOS 7.
The specific claim #29 noted in the formal complaint states the following: "A device for providing secure communications over a network comprising: a communication port for transfer of audio data; a plurality of communication ports for transfer of digital data; a keypad; an encoding/decoding device; a conversion device operable to convert between audio and digital data; a processor, in communication with a memory, said keypad and said encoding/decoding device, operable to execute code for: selecting a configuration of a transmission and a reception port from among said communication ports dependent upon the presence of a network communication device and an input/output device in communication with said selected ports; providing data received from said selected reception port to said encryption/decryption device for encrypting; and providing said encrypted data to said selected transmission port."
The patent infringement case presented in today's report was filed in the New York Eastern District Court, Central Islip Office. At present, no Judge has been assigned to the case.
As a side note: Patently Apple discovered that "Secure Web Conference Corp." is owned by ITUS Corp. We've also been informed that "ITUS Corp" was formerly known as Copytele Inc. which takes them out of the category, at least in this particulart case, of patent troll. In May 2013 Secure Web Conference Corp. sued Microsoft with the very same patent 6,856,687.
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