Apple continues to be a protagonist in both the judicial world, whether in ?big? battles with giants like Samsung, Nokia and Qualcomm, or in much smaller cases that even involve patent trolls after all, these companies that specialize in trying to make money by suing others must keep their eyes open on the fortune that Ma has in the box.
The profiteer signs without any product created today that is looking for financial compensation suing Apple for Uniloc.
She claims that Tim Cook's company is allegedly infringing three inventions:
- Patent 6,661,203: it is a ?battery charging and discharging system optimized for high temperature environments? (an invention by HP that was registered in 2001). It details a method by which a temperature sensor is used to monitor battery heat during charging and discharging events. The current is subsequently limited to prevent overheating and prolong battery life.
- Patent 6,580,422: this covers techniques for ?remote computer display using primitive graphics sent over a wireless connection (also invented by HP in 1995). The invention details methods of sending graphic commands to a remote computer screen using wireless signals.
- Patent 7,092,671: the latter covers a ?method and system for automatic wireless tuning of a telephone number from a register stored on a personal information device?, invented by 3Com Corporation in 2000 and acquired by HP in 2010. The patent details methods of remember and automatically dial a phone number from a list of contacts.
This, however, is not the first time Uniloc has sued Apple. According to the AppleInsider, we're talking about her third attempt to get some money out of Ma. In 2016, Uniloc sued (in the same court in Texas, which usually tends to be favorable to these patent trolls) Apple alleging that it has infringed three patents with services such as Maps, Apple ID and remote software updates. Also in 2016 (in the middle of the year), Uniloc claimed that the Messaging service infringes four patents related to instant voice messaging systems facilitated by VoIP protocols.
Apple, of course, is not the only one in Uniloc's sights. He has been systematically, over the past decade, suing giants like Activision Blizzard, Aspyr, Electronic Arts, McAfee, Microsoft, Rackspace, SEGA, Sony, Symantec and many others. As long as there is no reform of the patent system, unfortunately this will be the reality for some companies.
Update 06/04/2017 s 00:24
Not satisfied, Uniloc decided to sue Apple for two more alleged infractions:
- Patent 8,872,646: this covers a ?method and system for waking a device in motion?, it was originally requested in 2008 and designed by DP Technologies in 2014. As you can imagine, the invention covers techniques for waking a device from sleep mode when accelerometers and / or other motion sensors indicate some kind of large movement.
- Patent 7,690,556: this second covers a ?step counter that takes into account the slope?, covering methods of integrating motion sensors with algorithms designed to take into account the slopes of terrain that can affect the caloric burning.
The two allegations of infra target the Apple Watch we will see the outcome of this story
Update II 07/03/2017 s 10:25
She just doesn't stop! Uniloc has again sued Apple, now claiming that Ma has infringed three more patents related to motion tracking (technologies applicable not only to mobile devices. fitness, like Apple Watch, but iPhone and iPad).
The patents in question are numbered 7,653,508, 8,712,723 and 7,881,902, and basically cover ?human activity monitoring devices? (with some differences / advances from one invention to the next).
THE patent troll he further argued that Apple was guilty of selling and distributing third-party apps that would also be using the aforementioned inventions, such as Runtastic, Nike + Run Club and Strava Running.
Update III 07/13/2017 s 10:43
Believe it or not: Uniloc has attacked again and is suing Apple for allegedly infringing three more company patents with AirPlay and Continuity features.
- Patent 6,622,018: this covers a "wireless device control console". Granted in 2003, the invention details the control of remote devices through wireless protocols, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
- Patent 6,161,134 and 6,446,127: both cover ?method, device and communication system for complementary information and network devices respectively? and ?system and method for providing mobility services to users on a telephone network?, and detail methods of data transmission from a computer to a phone, in addition to exchanging voice messages and data from a phone to other devices on a given network.
Apparently, the patent troll want to shoot everywhere and see if something hits
Update IV 08/03/2017 s 10:43
There we go again! The Apple TV Remote app for iOS, which, according to Uniloc, infringes the patent 6,216,158 ("System and method using a palm-sized computer to control network devices").
According to the company, Apple infringes the invention by employing similar remote control methods in its iOS app, which has an interface similar to the physical control of set-top box (touchpad and dedicated programmable buttons for play / pause, Siri and more).
This one just stops when it gets something
Update V 10/23/2017 s 11:55
And Uniloc is back, this time focused on monitoring Apple Watch exercises.
THE patent troll filed another lawsuit in Texas (a place that normally hears cases like this in favor of these companies) alleging that Ma violated patent 6,736,759, which covers a ?exercise monitoring system and methods? by Paragon Solutions (which later passed on to Red Dragon Innovations and, later, for Uniloc). The invention basically describes a health monitoring solution involving a physiological monitor with GPS tracking capabilities and a monitor.