Latest lawsuit accuses new iPad of infringing on 4G patents

Latest lawsuit accuses new iPad of infringing on 4G patents
In the latest filing, ADAPTIX is claiming that Apple’s new iPad infringes on 4G patents owned by the Dallas-based technology company. The case was filed yesterday in the United States Texas Eastern District Court. ADAPTIX has filed two complains that Apple’s “Retina display iPads sold to AT&T”, at minimum, directly infringe on patent 7,454,212 and 6,947,748 which both relate to “OFDMA with adaptive subcarrier-cluster configuration and selective loading.”

ADAPTIX is recognized as one of the original developers of OFDMA-based system and has a portfolio of 230 issued and pending patents in 13 countries. The majority of its patents are relative to a wide range of 4G technologies.

It is worth noting, however, that Acacia Research Corporation acquired ADAPTIX in January of 2012. Acacia Research Corporation is known for acquiring patent portfolios and aggressively pursuing litigation, otherwise known as patent trolling.

Latest lawsuit accuses new iPad of infringing on 4G patents


source: Patently Apple

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31 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ugh.. patent trolls.

4. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

It is too early to call this as a troll. We will wait and see.

31. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

read the last sentence

8. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

I guess its time apple tastes it own medicine!

14. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

yeah n it sounds good

18. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

4G patents ??? F***ing stupid... A lot of Companies use the method as Apple. If they have a patent for the way 4g is running on ipad then why arent there patents for wi-fi a/b/g/n routers? and other wireless bs. Next thing we'll find out there's a patent for the way a came zooms in n out. wtf.

20. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Not as stupid as "slide to unlock". Which they didn't even freaking invent. Apple started this whole patent trolling nonsense, I have no sympathy for them when they are getting sued for patents. Just like when bullies get bullied, you just sit back and enjoy the karma.

22. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

You're right, but i have no sympathy for Apple either. I was referring to the 4g patents in general. It is stupid to have patents on any wireless networks... Imagine that.

26. artman5x5

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Everybody else asks for permission and pays royalties but Apple thinks it can do what it wants!

2. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Ok this really needs to stop, all these companies need to put on their big boy pants and suck it up

24. cheetah2k

Posts: 2140; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

"Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." [Matthew 7:12] Nuff said... Apple deserve every bit of patent intervention because if the roles were reversed, Apple would be going at ADAPTIX like Chuck Norris in a kungfu movie..

25. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Wow dude really, your going to quote the bible?

3. josephnero

Posts: 773; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Apple is the biggest patent troll man

6. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

iTroll

21. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

a revolutionary new product....lol

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30672; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I agree. I'm an apple guy but hey they asked for it.

5. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Patent Troll mean according to wikipedia - A person or company who buys and enforces patents against one or more alleged infringers in a manner considered by the target or observers as unduly aggressive or opportunistic, often with no intention to further develop, manufacture or market the patented invention. I do not think Apple will fall in this category.

12. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

When you patent a rectangle and use it to try to ban products, you're a patent troll. End of discussion.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

very true. Apple is a huge patent troll when it comes to any space they compete in. They buy companies for patents and they use them to try to push out everyone in their space if they are actually violating a patent or not. Lawyers are expensive. Apple thinks they can win by using their massive bankrolls to keep competitors in litigation until they are too poor to continue to fight and back down. However, even though this move is against apple, it still stinks of pure trolling, which i dont like on a general basis. So as to not be a hippocrit, I dont want Apple patent trolled either.

23. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

I totally agree with you, just because its happening to apple now instead of them being the aggressor still doesn't make it right. This stuff is getting out of hand, there needs to be regulations on companies using patents this way. And also the way things are patented needs to be changed as well, no more broad patents that can be interpreted any way a company wants to.

28. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

ok, not patent troll.. but patent bully.. like it better now?

9. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I'm kinda afraid to do business in the tech industry going forward.

19. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Why would you be afraid to do business in the tech industry? The tech industry is characterized by value creation that in large part is based on ideas. Patents are the best way to protect the ideas from being stolen by competitors (even as flawed as they presently are). Litigation is a cost of doing business. Apple has been able to leverage its pile of cash to intimidate competitors, but things haven't gone Apple's way all of the time. I suspect that in a few years, the patent litigation that Apple has stirred up will be sorted out and it will be time to focus on innovation.

29. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

i just hope that your last sentence would be in a few months and not years.. can't stand this ridiculous patent lawsuits to keep going on..

30. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Unfortunately (fortunately for the attorneys doing the litigating), patent lawsuits have a life of their own. Getting to a first judgement takes around 24 months in the U.S. (i4i v. Microsoft ran 22 months if memory serves). Then there is the inevitable appeal by the losing party. If a new patent is issued that turns everything on its head (like Google's application for a patent covering the Notification function), things start all over again. And, and, and. It will only end once the parties suing each other get tired of all the lawsuits. There is a saying - you can get as much justice as you can afford....

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sauce for the goose (Apple pursuing patent infringement litigation) is sauce for the gander (everyone else suing Apple for patent infringement). Apple - you reap what you sow. Apple has some friendly patent trolls doing some of its bidding. Acacia is just returning the favor.

11. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I hate patent trolls they tried to get me for 150,000 for a movie

13. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Movies are copyrighted not patented.

17. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Squallz506, lol. U made my day. Some ppl r so stupid its not even funny

27. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

lol. you would think after seeing the FBI anti-piracy copyright infringement notice at the begining of every movie more people would understand this.

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