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

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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56 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

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

7. zackh121556

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 01, 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

13. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

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

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They're only protecting their assets.

28. tuminatr

Posts: 1164; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

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

33. zhiae unregistered

and even they didnt had time for making something interesting

38. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

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

9. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

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

20. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

thx god that apple cant patent "suing"..

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

35. mrllano

Posts: 91; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

I think you are the biggest loser in PA

60. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

42. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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.

54. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

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

2. Avinash.Meeniga unregistered

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

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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?

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

41. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

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

53. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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

43. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

We all feel really sorry for you. Wize up.

3. Godfather

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 31, 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!

14. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

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

5. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Oh sweet irony

6. Borrie69

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 14, 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.

8. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 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!

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

18. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

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

11. Savage unregistered

Thank you Apple. For your contribution to the tech world. Now we'll see more of this in the future.

31. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Apple introduced a new hobby and a new method for generating news coverage and profit. revolutionary indeed.

50. willard12 unregistered

Sadly, it's the only thing they've actually invented.

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