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Apple Faces New Patent Lawsuits from Openwave, Wi-LAN

While much of the focus of patent lawsuits involving Apple has revolved around Samsung and other major smartphone manufacturers in recent weeks, Apple this week faces two new lawsuits from smaller companies seeking to assert their intellectual property claims.


On Wednesday, mobile Internet communications technology firm Openwave Systems announced that it had filed a lawsuit and International Trade Commission (ITC) complaint against Apple and Research in Motion, alleging violation of five different patents across a broad spectrum of applications.
The complaint, filed at the International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, DC, requests that the ITC bar the import of smartphones and tablet computers that infringe Openwave patents, including, but not limited to, Apple’s iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad 2; and RIM’s Blackberry Curve 9330 and Blackberry PlayBook. Openwave also filed a similar complaint in federal district court in Delaware.

“Openwave invented technologies that became foundational to the mobile Internet. We believe that these large companies should pay us for the use of our technologies, particularly in light of the substantial revenue these companies have earned from devices that use our intellectual property,” said Ken Denman, Chief Executive Officer of Openwave. “Before filing these complaints, we approached both of these companies numerous times in an attempt to negotiate a license of our technology with them and did not receive a substantive response.”
As noted by AllThingsD, Openwave appears to have a small yet fairly strong patent portfolio, suggesting that the company may have a decent chance of winning concessions from Apple and Research in Motion and forcing them into licensing discussions.


In other news, Canadian firm Wi-LAN today announced that it has filed suit against Apple and eight other major companies alleging infringement of two patents related to CDMA, HSPA, Wi-Fi, and LTE technologies.

Wi-LAN is generally regarded as a patent troll, having given up on product manufacturing and focused its business solely on attempts to license its intellectual property. The company has not been shy about filing lawsuits alleging infringement of its patents, and has in fact sued Apple several times in the past, most recently in a 2010 complaint targeting over two dozen companies for their implementations of Bluetooth communications technology.

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38 months ago

One patent troll suing another patent troll. Good. I hope that both get what they deserve.


One of them might actually fit the definition of "patent troll", while the other most certainly does not.

And quite frankly, this is about as meaningful for Apple as the Kodak litigation. In other words, meaningless.

Further, Wi-lan is attempting to go after others besides Apple, notably RIM.

Even further, Wi-LAN is generally regarded as a patent troll, having given up on product manufacturing and focused its business solely on attempts to license its intellectual property. The company has not been shy about filing lawsuits alleging infringement of its patents, and has in fact sued Apple several times in the past, most recently in a 2010 complaint targeting over two dozen companies for their implementations of Bluetooth communications technology.

Not a big deal, in any event. Apple can either pay them off or delay. Patent trolls are many and they're not too much of a worry. Mirror Worlds, Lodsys, etc.
Rating: 18 Votes
38 months ago
One patent troll suing another patent troll. Good. I hope that both get what they deserve.
Rating: 15 Votes
38 months ago
If intellectual property law existed when the first man discovered fire we'd be extinct.
Rating: 14 Votes
38 months ago
let's be honest, if wi-lan wants to be taken seriously, they need to get a better logo and that dude needs a stylist
Rating: 13 Votes
38 months ago
PATENT:

A SYSTEM FOR SENDING AND RECEIVING DECODABLE SIGNALS OVER RADIO FREQUENCIES

FULL STOP

Last year they went after after "THE PEOPLE OF ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS" for "A SYSTEM OF SYMBOLS INTENDED TO CONVEY MEANING, COMMONLY KNOWN AS 'AN ALPHABET.'" But the federal court for the northern district of Texas ruled that dead people could not be compelled to answer a lawsuit in corporeal form.
Rating: 8 Votes
38 months ago

One of them might actually fit the definition of "patent troll", while the other most certainly does not.


And one post here fits the definition of fanboy while the others do not. :D


Software patents in general need to go away (i.e. patents for 'methods to move data over the internet' and the like). They are vague, abstract and seem to fit anything and everything. They should not have been granted in the first place. But with Congress refusing to cooperate on literally anything, does anyone seriously believe it will ever be addressed? Maybe if someone took the software patent concept to the Supreme Court. But even then, it would probably come down to the party makeup of the court (seeing how they've ruled lately on party lines, not on the Constitution and actual law like they're supposed to).
Rating: 7 Votes
38 months ago
Patent law is an absurd, misjudged relic of intangible occupancy and will eventually either implode upon itself or lead us into Fahrenheit 451.
Rating: 7 Votes
38 months ago
;)
Rating: 6 Votes
38 months ago
apple sues others -> yes. patents/laws are absolutely necessary, apple has all rights.

others sue apple -> patent laws sucks. patent trolls have nothing better to do.
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:rolleyes:
Rating: 5 Votes
38 months ago

let's be honest, if wi-lan wants to be taken seriously, they need to get a better logo and that dude needs a stylist


Right, because Steve Jobs is the epitome of fashion sense.
Rating: 5 Votes

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