A Nevada based company is suing Apple for patent infringement. The company alleges that Apple's 2-step Apple ID verification system/process violates their patent.
Verify Smart Corp. alleges that Apple makes, uses, tests, markets and sells or otherwise provides a system and method for enabling a user to authenticate their identity when initiating an electronic transaction, using a one-time pass-code sent to the user's mobile phone (hereinafter "Apple two-step verification").
They further claim that Apple's two-step verification system is designed to enable secure transactions for their customers. Verify alleges, that Apple's two-step verification infringes claims 2 and 5 of their acquired granted patent 8,285,64 which is noted in the graphic below.
Verify notes in their filing that on Apple's "website at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204152, Apple advertises that "When you set up two-step verification, you register one or more trusted devices. A trusted device is a device you control that can receive 4-digit verification codes using either SMS or Find My iPhone. You're required to provide at least one SMS capable phone number. Then, any time you sign in to manage your Apple ID at My Apple ID, sign in to iCloud, or make an iTunes, iBooks, or App Store purchase from a new device, you'll need to verify your identity by entering both your password and a 4-digit verification code, as shown below.
Apple also advertises on its website at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204152 that "After you sign in, you can securely access your account or make purchases as usual. Without both your password and the verification code, access to your account will be denied." Apple provides express instructions in its advertisement materials that teach and suggest to its customers to use Apple's two-step verification in a way that infringes at least claims 2 and 5 of the '648 patent.
Apple has been and is contributorily infringing the '648 patent by providing to its customers a two-step verification, which has no substantial non-infringing use and is material for enabling secure electronic transactions in a manner that constitutes direct infringement of the claims of the '648 patent."
The patent infringement case presented in today's report was filed in the New Jersey District Court, Newark Office. The Presiding Judge in this case is noted as being Judge Kevin McNulty and the Referring Judge is noted as James B. Clark.
In July we reported that Apple remains the number one target of patent trolls in 2015.
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