One more day, one more process. In today's episode, Ma was the target of a possible Patent troll, the company Hypertext Technologies, by incorporating support for clickable / touching links in the Messaging app (via SMS or iMessage).
Filed with the Central District Court of California, the process is patent under number 7,113,801, which describes a "method for receiving data using SMS and wireless internet data to the system". The technology was originally invented in 2001 by Korean KTFreetel Ltd., which later merged with giant Korea Telecom.
In 2006, an American version of the patent was created and since then it has gone through several hands to stop controlling Hypertext It is noteworthy that the company does not create or market any technology product that incorporates the above technology.
After the patent was awarded, Hypertext began to challenge the legal sectors of several companies about the possible infringement of the invention, including Google, OnePlus, Coolpad and now Apple. In the case of Ma, specifically, the patent troll It is based on four possible infringements of the World Intellectual Property Organization's Patent Cooperation Treaty.
Like most patent infringement cases, Hypertext requires a ruling on patent applicability, payment of compensatory damages and royalties, in addition to reimbursement of attorney fees.
Apple has not yet responded to the charges.