Apple has been sued for patent infringement a company by the name of BillJCo, LLC (LBX Technologies). The company is also suing Hewlett Packard in a separate lawsuit. In both cases, the company/patent troll is claiming that their six acquired patents covering beacon technology have been infringed upon. The six patents in the case are as follows:
COUNT I: INFRINGEMENT OF THE ‘839 PATENT
COUNT II: INFRINGEMENT OF THE ‘267PATENT
COUNT III: INFRINGEMENT OF THE ‘804PATENT
COUNT IV: INFRINGEMENT OF THE ‘868PATENT
COUNT V: INFRINGEMENT OF THE ‘011PATENT
COUNT VI: INFRINGEMENT OF THE ‘994PATENT
In their lawsuit, BillJCo states that "Apple makes, imports, uses, offers for sale, and sells in the United States devices that conform to and implement the iBeacon protocol and infringe the Patents-in-Suit. This includes devices that operate in compliance with BLE implementing IOS 7 and higher such as: 1) iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max and 2) iPad (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th generation), iPad 2, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2. Apple may also have infringed the Patents-in-Suit through other software and devices utilizing the same or reasonably similar functionality. (collectively the "Accused Infringing Instrumentalities").
Apple has been aware that it infringes the Patents-in-Suit since at least June 5, 2019 upon it receiving a letter from BillJCo regarding the Patents-in-Suit. Since obtaining knowledge of its infringing activities, Apple has failed to cease its infringing activities.
For more details, read the Plaintiff's full complaint filed with the court in the SCRIBD document below, courtesy of Patently Apple.