Patently ridiculous: Apple hit with a lawsuit because its iPhones can... make calls and take photos

Patently ridiculous: Apple hit with a lawsuit because its iPhones can... make calls and take photos
Patent trolls are nothing new at this point, and plenty of companies have fallen victim to their relentless onslaught. Specifically, smaller companies that can't afford a legal defense that can easily suck their lifeblood (read: money), often settle outside of court to just make it stop. And the worst part is that, for the most part, patent trolls would have lost the case in the end.

Of course, every now and then, patent trolls get real cheeky and go after the big guys—not to imply that large multinationals are necessarily blameless. Just a few days ago, a patent troll going by the name of Corydoras Technologies LLC, which first hit Samsung a few months back, is now suing Apple for patent infringement. The allegations? Among others, that some 20 Apple products across the iPhone and iPad lines are capable of voice and video communication, can block unwanted calls, have a camera on the same side of the display ("a digital mirror"), can display the geographic location of the user, and can send and receive... e-mail. 

The patents that Corydoras Technologies claims are infringed upon were apparently acquired from Japan, according to Patently Apple. The suit was filed on May 20 in the Texas Eastern District Court, the Presiding Judge is Rodney Gilstrap. The choice of state is no incident, as Texas is notorious for its favorable treatment of patent trolls. In 2014, Apple lawyers revealed that the company is a top target and has been hit with over 90 lawsuits over the preceding 3 years. The below screenshot of Corydoras Technologies' website ought to make it clear that what Apple will be dealing with is, indeed, more of the same.

The entirety of Corydoras Technologies' website.

The entirety of Corydoras Technologies' website.


While we're far from legal experts and we're nowhere near calling the shots on this one, it's probably fair to say that patent trolling in the States continues to be a major issue.

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2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is so ridiculous. This is as bad as a company suing because of a case.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No it isn't. "This is as bad as a company suing because of a case" "This is as bad as" Apple suing OEM's for rounded corners./rectangles/colors and etc. This is what they deserve. They should lose every single one of them.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17196; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Or suing a foreign grocery store for using an Apple as it's logo. Or suing NYC (the Big Apple for over a century) for using an Apple as it's logo. Or suing for a slide to unlock implementation that you stole in the first place. The list goes on. It's the universe balancing things out.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't be ignorant.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17196; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It doesn't surprise me that you'd find truthful, verifiable facts as ignorant. Or that you'd suddenly find such lawsuits offensive.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No, just you, tedkord.

46. tedkord

Posts: 17196; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Because I presented verifiability facts, that cast Apple in a bad light. You're transparent.

51. Mxyzptlk unregistered

First of all, it's verifiable. You're just wrong.

53. tedkord

Posts: 17196; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Oh noes, an autocorrect mistake. You sure got me! Show me where those things didn't happen. You won't, because they did. Now go cry over the Oracle verdict.

41. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

A fact is a fact, whether you like it or not. Ignorant? Only fanboys are ignorant. Present company not excluded. What I stated was a fact. Let me know when you have the balls to ever argue a fact.

50. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Doesn't that make you ignorant as well since you're a huge Samsung fanboy? You just shot yourself in the foot there.

29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Techie, shut up please. Just shut up.

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Does the fanbaby want his bottle...!?

49. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think you need to ask yourself that.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 21597; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is as bad as a company suing another company because of the generic name "App Store". I mean, how ridiculous is that? And what company would have the audacity to sue for something so generic? Oh wait, Apple sued Amazon for that, and Apple lost. Common sense prevailed. As I once said before, Karma is btchslapping Apple, big time.

37. Ninetysix

Posts: 2941; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Samsung also got sued. Does Karma also apply to them?

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

+1 for the truth. Now let's see how he responds to that one.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 21597; Member since: May 28, 2014

Samsung is not a patent troll, let alone one the caliber of Apple. This is a FACT and can't be disputed. That's how I responded to that one, Mxyzptlk.

47. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Samsung has sued companies before.

52. meanestgenius

Posts: 21597; Member since: May 28, 2014

Samsung has never been a patent troll. That's the operative words here. Apple has been a patent troll to the highest degree.

62. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Again Samsung has sued companies before.

64. meanestgenius

Posts: 21597; Member since: May 28, 2014

Again, Samsung isn't a patent troll like Apple is.

65. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Again, Samsung has sued companies before. I'm not going to entertain you, so take your tokens and begone. Anything further will not point back to this comment saying "See comment # and take your tokens."

66. meanestgenius

Posts: 21597; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you weren't going to "entertain me", you wouldn't keep responding. The hypocrisy runs deep within you. And suing every now and then for IP that's been infringed upon and suing for the sake of suing, and to stifle the competition because you're afraid of them so you become one of the biggest (if not the biggest) patent trolls in tech (read: that's APPLE), are two totally different things. You're just in pain because karma is btchslapping your beloved Apple in the face. Get over it, and if you're going to steal my comment, at least post it correctly. "Anything further will not point back to this comment saying..." should read *Anything further from you, and I'll refer you to this comment saying...." I fixed your post for you. No need to thank me.

67. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think I just hit a nerve and you're bitter about it. Putting you in your place is just a guilty pleasure. You're just a puppet and I'm the puppet master pulling the strings. Nothing more, nothing less. And I'm not the one who is in pain since you're the one who continues to attack anyone who says anything about blackberry. You didn't fix anything, so there's no thanks needed. Now see comment #65 and take your tokens

68. meanestgenius

Posts: 21597; Member since: May 28, 2014

Didn't you say that you're "not going to entertain me" in your comment #65? Hypocrite, much? What I said obviously touched a nerve deep in your gut, or you would have shut up by now. You're obviously in pain, or you wouldn't be attacking everyone here for saying things about Apple that you don't approve of. I would say try some aloe and a cool, damp cloth, but that obviously won't ease your pain. Lmao! And yes, I did fix your pitiful corruption of my saying, but the pain you're in is making you forget your manners. Lmao!

69. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not in pain at all. It's funny how you repeat everything I say simply because you don't have an ounce of originality in you. You're a cheap imitation. You're predictable. You wish, that's just your overinflated ego talking again. Now see comment #65 and stfu so you can claim your tokens

70. meanestgenius

Posts: 21597; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm a "cheap imitation", and yet you poorly tried to imitate me with your comment #65. The hypocrisy is oozing from you today. Lmao! Stop being so bumburned because I corrected you. Just accept being corrected by your better, move on and get over it.

71. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You copy me way more than me using your little phrase. Don't flatter yourself too much. I'm not bumburned at all, creepy bum reference aside and you're certainly not my better unless you count being a better troll. Now see comment #65 and stfu so you can claim your tokens

72. meanestgenius

Posts: 21597; Member since: May 28, 2014

Dudette, give it a rest, already. It's the holiday weekend. Go outside and get some fresh air. Leave your parents basement for once. And at least try and use the aloe and cool, damp cloth for the pain. Maybe it will put you in a better disposition.

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