Hello, Cupertino’s legal department: there’s more work for you coming! According to AppleInsider, Apple received yet another lawsuit on the back related to patent infringement – this time, by a company called Location Based Technologies (LBT).
Contrary to what usually happens with the infamous Patent trolls, LBT is a company with a real and marketed product: the PocketFinder, a line of extremely resistant GPS devices that can be used to track vehicles, personal effects or even people. The devices connect to an app on iOS (or Android) and, from there, can be customized and managed.
It is precisely the technology that makes PocketFinder work that is at the heart of the lawsuit against Apple: according to LBT, Apple is infringing five company patents (8,497,774, 8,542,113, 8,102,256, 8,421. 618 and 8,421,619), related to energy saving features in devices with geolocation.
More specifically, the indictment refers to technologies on the iPhone and iPad that suspend certain processes in certain circumstances, based on the action of location sensors, to save battery power. One such technology is face-down detection, which uses the accelerometer and gyroscope to determine when an iPhone has the screen facing down on a surface and automatically turns off the panel and silences the device’s notifications.
According to LBT, Apple was notified of the alleged violations last month, but has not commented. The lawsuit is being filed at the Delaware State District Court in the United States, but there is still no prediction of when it will be heard. The Apple, as usual, remained silent about the accusations.