Only in this month we comment on two cases of Uniloc Against the Apple. I repeat: this month! Altogether, there are already eight processes patent troll against the Cupertino giant the majority is related to communication technologies between devices that were not invented by the company.
This time, Uniloc filed a lawsuit against Apple stating that a technology used in FaceTime infringes a patent for communication between telephones via the internet which, for years, has been attributed Hewlett-Packard (HP). Coincidentally or not, the patent denounced this time has a history very similar to that discussed in the last case.
In general, patent number 8,539,552 refers to a ?network system for applying policies based on intelligence resources for customers?, with an emphasis on techniques for controlling networks and data packet services.
According to Uniloc, FaceTime depends on the same basic communication structure described in the patent in question. More specifically, Apple's service servers communicate with devices enabled with FaceTime from a network based on data packets, such as Wi-Fi, 3G or LTE. Thus, gadgets register an address, from the Apple ID or phone number, with Ma's servers so that they are identified and authenticated.
The patent was registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (United States Patent and Trademark Office) in 2003 and was awarded a Massachusetts company 3Com In the same year. In 2010, patent ownership was transferred to HP, which maintained it until May 2017 when it transferred ownership to Uniloc.
In the process, the patent troll cited iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini, iPod touch 4th generation and later, and basically all Macs running macOS as products that infringe the technology.
Uniloc asks for compensation (unspecified), reimbursement of legal fees and other things. As we said, this is the third case involving Uniloc and Apple only in this month; three weeks ago, the company sued Ma for a technology used in AirDrop and, the following week, accused Apple of infringing a patent with its iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches (by connecting to a wireless network).
Apparently only the lawyers at Uniloc and Apple are enjoying this series of lawsuits