In new Lawsuit, VoIP-Pal.com Inc claims that Apple's FaceTime and Messaging System infringes their Patent
Apple has been sued by VoIP-Pal.com Inc. for patent infringement. The company claims that Apple's FaceTime and Messaging System infringes granted patent 10,218,606 titled " Producing routing messages for voice over IP communications."
According to the complaint, "Apple manufactures devices related to communications, and in particular, supports an audio/video-over-IP platform ("FaceTime") that includes Apple desktop computers, laptops, tablets, watches and mobile devices; software applications running on such devices; and servers, nodes and/or clusters operated by Apple that allow audio/video and audio-only calls to be placed over different networks.
Apple FaceTime allows an Apple device, including desktop and tablet devices, to initiate an audio/video call or an audio-only call between a first participant and a second participant. A first participant profile (e.g., a contact list specific to the initiating party) is utilized in the determination of how a call is routed to a second participant’s device. On information and belief, each participant device is associated with one or more network elements, e.g., servers, clusters and/or nodes. The second participant may be associated with the same node and/or cluster as the first participant or may be associated with another node and/or cluster.
Apple manufacturers, supports and operates a messaging platform (the "Apple Messaging System") that includes Apple desktop computers, laptops, tablets and mobile devices, software applications running on such devices and servers associated with iMessage, an instant messaging service.
The Apple Messaging System allows smartphone and desktop users to send messages including text, images, video and audio to others. The Apple Messaging System allows devices to initiate a communication between a first participant and a second participant. A first participant profile (e.g., the initiating party’s contact list) is utilized in the determination of how an initiated communication such as an iMessage is routed to the second participant’s device.
On information and belief, each participant device is associated with one or more network elements (e.g., clusters and/or nodes). The second participant may be local to a network element (e.g., node and/or cluster) associated with the first participant or may be accessible on another node and/or cluster. Subsequent to a first communication, a communication may be established to a third participant device over a public network (e.g., PSTN). FacetTme and the Apple Messaging System are referred to in this Complaint as the Accused Instrumentalities."
For more details, read the Plaintiff's full complaint filed with the court in the SCRIBD document below, courtesy of Patently Apple.