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Company with one patent to its name sues Apple over FaceTime and more

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Company with one patent to its name sues Apple over FaceTime and more
The problem with business in America these days is that owning a patent is looked at as holding a lottery ticket by many patent trolls firms. Take Intercarrier Communications, out of Texas. With an intellectual property portfolio consisting of one patent for something that they didn't even invent, ICC is taking a number of major corporations to court including Apple. The patent was granted in 2006 for "an inter-carrier messaging service providing phone number only experience," and was assigned to ICC just for the express purpose of filing the law suit against Apple and the other firms.

Speaking of the other firms, the list of defendants includes Apple, Broadsoft, Inerop Technologies, Iris Wireles, Mobiweb and others. The suit was filed in eastern Virginia district court and Judge John A. Gibney will be presiding. As one of the most valuable companies in the world, and with more money in the vault than Scrooge McDuck, Apple is a natural target for patent trolls like ICC. The latter claims that Apple's FaceTime infringes on its '748 patent.

Will Apple pay ICC to go away? Somehow, we doubt it. Paying off ICC would invite every patent troll in the world to line up for a big pay day. For the legally inclined, you can read the lawsuit below.

source: Scribd via electronista




 

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posted on 31 Oct 2012, 22:29 6

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


this is sad, more and more company is trying to attack Apple at all cost :(

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 22:50 49

7. zackh121556 (Posts: 101; Member since: 01 Feb 2012)


Dude really??? All Apple does is sue! Even more then we see making the news. If you slap the bull...you must fight the bull (World)...apple is getting what it deserves and its not even half of what they have done. I'm still waiting on Google to sue them over their notification trey

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 23:06 10

13. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Apple tots deserves this cuz they're the 1s suing other Companies

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 23:50 3

23. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14208; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


They're only protecting their assets.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 00:50 5

28. tuminatr (Posts: 774; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


yes and no they do seem to be smarter than most companies on what they steal but they do copy

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 03:06 2

33. zhiae (unregistered)


and even they didnt had time for making something interesting

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 05:33 1

38. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


well its high time Apple got a dose of its own medicine!

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 23:01 19

9. doejon (Posts: 398; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


if u hear the word sue
the most people will automatically connect it with apple
cuz apple sued everyone even non tech companies..

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 23:41 10

20. doejon (Posts: 398; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


thx god that apple cant patent "suing"..

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 23:46 4

21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If Apple is found to have infringed, it should share. If the roles were reversed, it is certain that Apple would be suing other infringers.

Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 03:24 1

35. mrllano (Posts: 91; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


I think you are the biggest loser in PA

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 12:53

60. Doakie (Posts: 2107; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Yeah... So many people fall all over themselves because this dudes screen name is Wendy. Even when "she" makes stupid statements people clamor to give "her" negative comments in such a sweet tone. I've seen the avatar "she" used when it looked like a girl. I don't buy it. Einhorns a man and an iFanboy.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 07:03 5

42. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


This is really great good news, the world should boycot them, they deserve it. Patent which does not belong to them, and the design. Rotten Apple, what a bad name for the good fruit.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 16:12

54. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Nice rose-colored glasses, there, "Wendy"...

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 22:34 33

2. Avinash.Meeniga (unregistered)


After all it's Apple who started this new trend of suing over stupid patents

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 23:49 3

22. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14208; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Apple only sued to protect its business from unoriginal competitors. This is just patent abuse by this unknown company. Why not sue Skype and other video chat services?

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 00:40 14

26. Avinash.Meeniga (unregistered)


You are always biased towards Apple and a hypocrite and arguing or even a discussion would just be meaningless and am no fanboy like you so don't bring up/take shot at some other OS and no Apple didn't sue to protect it's business cause the patents itself were stupid and the reason the unknown company going after Apple is to get into limelight and who knows may be they were just being supported by the companies Apple has been suing so for with their stupid patents

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 06:37 1

41. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


why didn't apple sue the chinese firms as well?
why only motorola and samsung.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 15:21

53. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


because that wouldnt have went anywhere due to how China handles lawsuits.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 07:06 1

43. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


We all feel really sorry for you. Wize up.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 22:36 23

3. Godfather (Posts: 39; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)


Taste of their own medicine. Apple was the 1 company who started this Suing BS. Be sure there isn't a whole lot of people who would care less about Apple taking a hit or two from these so called Troll companies!

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 23:08 3

14. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


They didn't just Sue BS, they sued all companies!!!!

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 22:38 16

4. lyndon420 (Posts: 4560; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I love it. When ever someone tries to sue apple (or ms), my day is complete. I want every day to be happy day.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 23:10 4

15. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


That would just ruin all companies, Which means no more devices for any of us, or U!!!

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 06:08 2

40. lyndon420 (Posts: 4560; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


No...it would just ruin apple and ms.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 22:40 9

5. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Oh sweet irony

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 22:40 6

6. Borrie69 (Posts: 23; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


Yes, David vs Golith. Go Texas based company, it must have some big cahunas to go after apple like that. Power to them. Hopefully this causes all other companies that own patents which Apple infringes on to step up and follow suite. Death to IOS and all the copyments that they do.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 22:52 13

8. AstronautJones (Posts: 303; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Just another example of the broken patent system. So many patents granted for things that already exist.

Yes, Apple has used the same tactics. Reap what you sow?
Two wrongs make a right? As much as I detest Apple, I would rather just see this whole thing STOP!

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 23:02 4

10. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This I agree with 100%. I dont really like Apple as a company, dont really want their products anymore....but this needs to stop.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 23:29 7

18. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


None of this will stop unless Apple and other companies vow to help fix the patent system.

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