If we made $ 1 every time we said, "One more day, one more process," we'll have a very fat piggy bank by now. Who does not profit from this, of course, Apple, which once again have to spend their valuable money in the judicial sphere.
Uniloc once again haunted Apple after a difficult year (legally speaking) between the two. As we reported, only in 2018 were nine(!) the company's lawsuits against the Cupertino giant, but that doesn't seem to have discouraged the patent company from bringing Ma to court again.
The new lawsuit, filed with the Texas District Court, alleges that Apple infringed a single patent registered in 1999 and granted in 2002. Philips Electronics (which was later acquired by Uniloc). More precisely, patent number 6,467,088 describes an "update control manager" (read: application stores) and encompasses methods that allow the user to fulfill an update request directly from the device.
In practice, this system can also determine if a requested update requires a specific version of the OS to allow (or deny) the update based on this information something like a compatibility check. According to the lawsuit, Apple violates such a patent with the App Store and the Mac App Store, as the way apps are updated on these systems can be considered “reconfigurations” of the device.
This is not the first time Uniloc has tried to play such a patent against Apple; in 2018, the patent troll did something similar, but the case was voluntarily dropped by the company. However, Apple has filed a petition to challenge the validity of the patent at the Patent Research and Appeal Board, arguing that intellectual property claims are obvious under previous actions.
Uniloc seeks, in the most recent case, a jury trial and the payment of unspecified damages, also asking Apple to bear the court costs. The Cupertino giant has not commented on the process.
The Irish Solas OLED recently filed a lawsuit against Ma, which was also filed in the US state of Texas. In it, the company (which, despite its name, does not produce OLED displays) claims that a number of Apple products (from Apple Watch to MacBook Pro Touch Bar) violate some of its patents with respect to the technology used on these screens.
It is worth noting that Apple also does not produce displays for this it has several vendors (such as Samsung, a LG Display and the Foxconn); however, Solas decided to sue Ma, according to the report, as the Cupertino giant "induced other companies" to infringe its patents by "manufacturing, using, selling and offering products that infringe patent technologies."
On patents, they specifically address the architecture of OLED (build-level) displays, something even Apple's aforementioned partners have patents and studies on. Even so, Solas demands the payment of “compensatory damages for the claimed patents and legal costs and expenses” which should not happen, we agree.
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