Patent infringement suit against Apple's FaceTime, dismissed in 2015, returns to the courtroom

The other day we told you that the company forcing Apple to fight a possible product ban in China is no longer an operating company. According to the Wall Street Journal, Baili and its parent company Digione "barely exist." The suit claims that the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus violate design patents used for the Baili 100C smartphone which is no longer in production.

On Friday, Apple was the subject of another patent suit brought by a non-operating company. Filed in the Northern California District Court, the suit was brought by Straight Path Corporation, a division of Straight Path Communications. It claims that Apple's FaceTime front-facing camera and video chatting system infringes on five patents; the patents were once owned by NetSpeak Corporation for a product called WebPhone. The five patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 6,009,469, 6,108,704, 6,131,121, 6,701,365 and 7,149,208, have already cleared USPTO re-examination following challenges to their validity. Straight Path seeks unspecified damages for the infringement of the five patents, reimbursement of legal fees, and any other relief that the court deems to be fair.

The patents help two devices link with each other on a network that neither device is permanently connected to. For example, the user of phone 1 opens a VoIP app to make a call to phone 2. When the app is open, it broadcasts the IP address to a server which notes the information and says the first user is online. Using the same method, the server determines if the second user is online. If it is determined that the second user is indeed online, the server sends its IP address to the first user. The latter initiates a request to communicate. When one of the parties logs off, the database is updated to include the latest status.

Apple allegedly infringes on the Straight Path patents when users' IP addresses are tracked by Apple Push Network services and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) technology. Additionally, FaceTime's hardware integration with devices like the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and the Mac are said to infringe on technology employed 20-years ago on the WebPhone. This exact case was first filed in 2014, and was dismissed without prejudice in 2015, meaning that the case could be re-filed.
   Straight Path Complaint by Mikey Campbell



source: Scribd via AppleInsider

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15 Comments

1. RajRicardo

Posts: 496; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Greedy madafakas and their dramas :/

3. kajam

Posts: 220; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

Don't forget that apple who started all this PS. so now they are tasting their own S?!?!?!?!

4. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Actually, Nokia started the smartphone IP wars.

6. Awaragardiyan unregistered

Nokia's IP wars were for actual technology like 2G/ 3G, camera, etc. not rounded corners, plus nokia was willing to licence the tech to competitors and not banning the sales of devices

5. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Hahah lol, feeling the pinch when Apple is getting a taste of its own medicine.

9. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Exactly!!!!!

2. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

apple and courtroom = better love story than titanic *apple is climbing to the top of 'the most hated company of the year'

10. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Best post yet!! +100

7. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

This is nothing new. Big, successful companies attract those patent trolls. Apple is not the only company to have hundreds of suits filed against it.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Many companies has legit claims. Because they tried doing a deal first and they couldn't come to an agreement and they use the IP anyways. They were suing because your device shares some similarities or over shapes and colors, or a 5000 year old slide to unlock mechanism. Apple deserves every bit of it and I hope the lose every single case to the time of billions.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31104; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We know you do.

13. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

I though they'd already lost a lawsuit that related to facetime. So this is a different one. Oh man they got jabbed every corner, because nobody copy like Apple does. But ifans keep on denying.

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Karma is hunting Apple now!

16. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I love it. Apple is getting all the attention they are hungering for, and they can taste the bitterness of patent trolling. Maybe they should think about that next time they want to sue someone for using their "inventions" (who knew apple invented the color black and the square shape)....

17. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

" The five patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 6,009,469, 6,108,704, 6,131,121, 6,701,365 and 7,149,208, have already cleared USPTO re-examination following challenges to their validity." If Straight Path lays out their argument well, that quoted text above is going to be a big problem for Apple in this case.

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