Another day, another process. Although we know one of the maxims of Apple’s day-to-day life, sometimes we are surprised by some processes (or the willingness of certain companies to take money at any cost).
This time, Apple became the target of a company action Rembrandt Wireless Technologies, which claimed that the Cupertino giant has infringed two patents related to Bluetooth technology. These include almost all iPhone models ever released, in addition to iPads [Pro], Macs, HomePod and wireless headphones from Beats.
The patents in question are registered under numbers 8,023,580 and 8,457,228, both related to “communication systems using at least two modulation methods” – that is, how the communication between two devices can be performed using two techniques modulation.
Now, the technical annoyance: according to the process, Apple products have two different modulations when using the Bluetooth EDR standard (faster), including two technical specifications that would violate the elements of the patent 8,457,228. In addition, the company claims that Apple has directly and indirectly encouraged its customers to use interoperable products using the aforementioned methods.
As we said, sometimes some companies try, at any cost, to take money from others. In addition to not being the inventor of the technologies in question, the patents claimed by Rembrandt expired at the beginning of last month – but the company claimed that this does not matter, since it is «entitled to compensation for infringements that occurred before expiration».
Still, the patents describe wireless communication techniques that extend to virtually any device with Bluetooth – and, knowing that, Rembrandt wasted no time. Before taking legal action against Apple, the company took Samsung and BlackBerry to court; in the case of the South Korean giant, the jury was in favor of Rembrandt and ordered Samsung to pay $ 11.1 million in royalties infringing devices.
In the lawsuit against Apple, Rembrandt demands a jury trial, a statement of intentional infringement, the payment of attorney’s fees and other damages. In 2014, the two companies have already faced each other in the courts in another patent infringement case, that time on “secure startup and recovery of electronic devices”.