VoIP-Pal, which owns a portfolio of communications patents, has filed a brand new lawsuit claiming that the underlying system powering Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime infringes on its mental property.
The grievance, lodged within the U.S. District Court docket for the Western District of Texas, targets the “Apple Calling System” communications platform that features Apple’s server infrastructure, client units, and software program purposes.
In accordance with the lawsuit, this method infringes on a pair of patents held by VoIP-Pal. U.S. Patents No. 8,630,234 and No. 10,880,721 are each titled “Cellular Gateway” and element a technique of initiating cellphone calls by transmitting varied codes between a caller and callee.
Apple’s system infringes on the IP as a result of they transmit varied entry codes or identifiers to assist calling performance in iMessage, FaceTime, and different programs, the lawsuit claims
“The Apple Calling System produces an entry code figuring out a communication channel useable by the cell phone or system to provoke a name to a callee utilizing the channel. Within the Apple Calling System, the entry code relies on a location identifier and/or based mostly on a location pre-associated with the cell phone or system,” the lawsuit reads.
Moreover, the plaintiff additionally accuses Apple of knowingly infringing on the communication protocol patents.
Apple had information of the patents since at the very least November 2015, when VoIP-Pal despatched a letter notifying the Cupertino tech big of the patent purposes that will finally grow to be the patents-in-suit. VoIP-Pal reportedly provided Apple a license to its patent portfolio, which Apple refused.
As such, the grievance alleges that Apple is knowingly infringing on VoIP-Pal’s mental property.
This is not the primary time that VoIP-Pal has sued Apple for alleged patent infringement. Again in 2016, it levied a lawsuit claiming $2.8 billion in damages due to options like iMessage. It once more accused Apple of patent infringement in 2018, in addition to in April 2020.
Apple has challenged the varied lawsuits over time. Nonetheless, not all of its makes an attempt have been profitable. In November 2020, VoIP-Pal received an enchantment within the Federal Circuit, bringing ongoing litigation again to decrease courts.
The lawsuit on Friday, which calls for a jury trial, seeks an order enjoining Apple from infringing on the patents-in-suit and damages for the alleged infringement, amongst different prayers for reduction.
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