Apple sues SoftBank subsidiary for acting as a “patent troll”

Apple sues SoftBank subsidiary for acting as a “patent troll”

THE Apple and the Intel joined in the courts against the Fortress Investment Group, a company subsidized by the Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank, as informed by Reuters.

According to the news, the Cupertino giant claims that the Fortress is essentially a Patent troll, term attributed to companies and entities that acquire patents from third parties, without producing any good, precisely to denounce those that, eventually, infringe them.

In the case of Apple, there are a number of companies that take advantage of this method to put them in the courts in search of payment of royalties to, of course, take advantage of the billionaire cashier from the Cupertino giant.

Still according to the lawsuit, Apple and Intel claim that Fortress-backed entities “demanded billions of dollars” from the two companies over the years, forcing them to “spend millions on outside resources”, such as lawyers and expert witnesses to defend themselves. defend against the accusations made by patent troll.

In one such case, Apple had been asked to pay up to $ 2.75 for a device sold that infringed Fortress patents. According to Apple, these numbers were invented and patent troll used the same approach as Samsung in a well-known lawsuit between the two tech giants – which ended in the middle of last year, after seven years.

Infringement of VoIP patents

In other legal cases, Apple got rid of a lawsuit involving alleged patent infringement of VoIP maintained by Voip-Pal after a California judge found the charges “too general” – as reported by the Law360. In addition to Apple, Amazon it was also under the same target as Voip-Pal and got rid of this imbroglio.

Voip-Pal had already sued Apple multiple times, always claiming that the company infringed four VoIP patents under its ownership from features like iMessage, FaceTime and iPhone Wi-Fi Calls. The company, however, has never been successful in court, having lost similar cases against AT&T, Verizon and others.

IPhones screen size

Another court decision favored Apple, more precisely in relation to a class action lawsuit that began in late 2018 over the screen size of OLED iPhones. As we reported, users claimed that Apple would have lied when informing the size of the display of your devices due to their front cutout, known as notch.

In early October, the judge in charge of the case inferred that no one was in fact concerned with the size of the screen and how much notch occupied it, as reported by the Law360. Only now, however, was the case closed and the plaintiffs who wanted to expand it to collective action at the national level were prevented from proceeding with the action.

via 9to5Mac, Bloomberg Law, Apple World Today