Apple, RIM, Amazon, Nokia and Sony are sued for infringing on patents relating to data transfer

Apple, RIM, Amazon, Nokia and Sony are sued for infringing on patents relating to data transfer
Honolulu, Hawaii based GPNE Corp. is suing Apple, RIM, Amazon, Nokia and Sony alleging that the five have infringed on GPNE patents relating to general packet radio service. This is a standard for 3G GSM radio frequencies which allows features like always-on internet, PTT over cellular, multimedia messaging and point-to-point networking.

According to the suit, filed on July 1st in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, the Apple iPhone and iPad allegedly violates 3 patents belonging to GPNE. Patent 7,555,267, Patent 7,954,570,954 and Patent 7,792,492 all deal with network communications and data transfer. The first two patents were granted in 2009 while the third was approved in 2010. According to the filings, the inventions were made by two local Hawaiian citizens including Gabriel Wong, Chairman of GPNE.

The suit says that Apple made mobile devices designed to work using GPRS technology and while the suit specifically names the Apple iPhone 4 and the Apple iPad, it was worded by GPNE's attorneys to include any device in the Cupertino based firm's lineup that is 3G enabled. Other devices named in the suit include the BlackBerry Torch 9800, the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Noble Nook.

GPNE is seeking damages from the Court and "a reasonable, on-going, post judgment royalty" for using the patents. Just another day in the life of a tech firm's in-house counsel, although this case comes with a trip to Hawaii.

source: AppleInsider

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21 Comments

1. rocko0011

Posts: 34; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

A taste of Apples own medicine lol sue them f**kers!!

2. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

Hell ya, how you like them Apples Stevie boy! I hope they milk Apple to its rotten core!

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

How sweet it is to see Apple get a taste of its own rotten core. Shepherd Steve Jobs will not like this at all. He might take his anger out on his iSheep & shave off their wool. lol

4. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I hope Apple's defeats this unjust lawsuit and smashes this company into the ground.

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol I love taco50. You make this so much fun. You sound like a villain in a comic book or something. You probably resemble the Kingpin! lol

6. rocko0011

Posts: 34; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

How much does Apple pay your fruity ass?

13. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

lmao!! you would think apple pays these isheep!!! there cheap as f**k!! lol ( i worked for apple like 3 months)

9. Steve Jobs unregistered

What a hypocrite you are when the apple was suing everyone irrespective of what you were like yeah who ever got sued did wrong and should be punished etc etc and now when someone is suing apple you are like no apple cannot be wrong it's just that these people are suing wrongly, dude you are really making an ass out of yourself by doing this you know so just stfu

7. rican

Posts: 132; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

makes me wish i had patents under my belt so i can sue the crap out of people and retire early

8. iSheepHunter

Posts: 55; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

Let's see how this goes downnnnnnn

10. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

wow no love for RIM and Nokia.. u fanboys really are something.. as long as Apple is in the mix the others dont matter... wow..

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

did I mention I hate Lawsuits related with patents.... anyone willing to hope on my boat now?

12. duder unregistered

proto im with you all this sueing ppl is just abusing what the patent system was put in place for, but all anybody, mostly apple but others as well, cares about is making a quick buck as opposed to acually making new and better tech

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

BOUT DAMN TIME APPLE GETS A PIECE OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE. THEY THINK THEY OWN THE PATENT WORLD.

16. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Another butthurt company if you ask me.

17. Steve Jobs unregistered

ok so according to your own theory Apple is the biggest butthurt company

18. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

This sounds a little fishy. GPRS has been around for ages! Apple, RIM, Amazon, Nokia, Sony AND SAMSUNG AND HTC AND MOTOROLA have been making GPRS capable handsets for years! It's not like the technology was invented in 2009! As far as I know all these SOEs are complying with the GSM standard. Looks like these guys saw a loophole and patented some tech that was already in use.. What's up with all the Apple bashing? They're not the only ones that were sued and although Samsung, HTC and Motorola weren't mentioned, they'll surely have the same to lose as Apple and the other SOEs.

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Phoneluver phone arena has a group of hardcore fandroids that hate anything Apple and are out to prove to the world that android is better. You can't use logic with them or you'll be called an isheep.

21. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

It is the messed up patent system that granted patents for technology already in use. It could be that the patents were applied for prior to the tech ever being used, or that the patents were for tweaks that were thought of after the initial tech deployed. I think it most likley no-one thought to apply for the patents in this country and GPNE Corp cashed in on a busted patent system after the fact. Just like Apple did and is using to sue for damages and injunctions.

20. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

how do it feel apple what comes around goes around....

22. nghtwng68

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

All five companies will get what they deserve on patent infringement. With mobile competition so high and everyone sue happy, GPNE is getting it's just due as the others. Just bad press for Nokia, Apple, RIM, Amazon and Sony.

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