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.


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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66 Comments

60. whatev

Posts: 2457; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

The passion that fandroids show for Apple is overwhelming, Apple should give them iPhones and iPads as reward for making their articles the most commented and viewed, I guess that's what fandroids are expecting to happen :3

58. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Welcome to America

56. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

This is as ridiculous as calling me a stupid bitch for no reason because they know they just can't be as good as me.

55. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

I'm suing the auto industry because of the wheel! Humanity founded the wheel. These companies shouldn't be making a profit off humanities invention! :)

34. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Karma, you're doing a marvelous job here!! All the troll-earned money that rotten apple gained, it's now losing it all as it keeps getting treated with it's own medicine of greed and hypocrisy ( http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fbit%2Ely%2F1si5DVX ). Well beyond deserved.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17520; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Amazing how such lawsuits are suddenly the work of the devil to some, while they were divine miracles for years ago.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17520; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

24. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

When Apple does it its fine with ifanboys, when someone does it to apple it patent trolling.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17520; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Welcome to the wonderful world of the RDF.

22. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Trolling the master troll.

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I hate reading about this patent troll nonsense. If I read anything about them, I hope it's about a successful counterclaim that effectively bankrupts the trolls. Now that would be a good read.

20. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I was going to jump on the bandwagon of Apple and their lawsuit, you guys cover all that,.. Lol

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How does it feel Apple? You started this mess and now its coming full circle. I hope you loose every single one or end up settling to every single one. If you had never sued Samsung for rounded corners and colors, people wouldn't be suing you for this frivolous stuff. You brought it on yourself. Karma is a breath of fresh air in this case!

14. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Its not funny tasting their own medicin....But as many isheep Said Dyring the Apple vs Sammy. Donthey have the patent? And did Apple "forget" to Pay? Then Go ahead and Sue their asses off....

13. Junito

Posts: 148; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

No, trying to get free money and publicity. As you can read, we are talking about them. And hoping Apple says, here is a million, go away. They know exactly what they are doing; it is all strategy.

10. ColinW

Posts: 413; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Sounds like something Apple would sue for.

9. tsp38

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

somehow.. i think this long article title can be replaced with... "KARMA"

35. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

iPhonearena doesn't know about their divine apple's patent troll side (at least they hypocritically pretend not to know), so, they only see "ridiculous" when apple gets a taste of it's own medicine...

7. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

These patent things are from all sides really becoming silly.

6. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

LG started making curved phones, then Apple tried to get a patent on curved batteries. Why? Apple has been using patents to suffocate progress by other companies forever. To hold patents on things you don't even profit off of, is a real crime. Apple is as bad as the people suing them.

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Agreed. They patent thing and never use them. but when someone else start using them they use the patent to stop them. Apple is a greedy evil company ( i know all company are greedy but Apple is in its own grade of super greedy. )

17. r.458

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

HAHA, maybe they were serious about #bendgate.

23. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Well said. Apple is just getting back what they do.

5. talon95

Posts: 1012; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

This is ridiculous of course, but I do enjoy the few seconds of karma that Apple is receiving after all of their frivolous lawsuits. (rectangle with round corners)

4. TimidUser unregistered

It is a silly law suit. Almost as silly as an entity receiving a patent for a rectangle with rounded corners.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Hmm... Did you hear the news the other day about goats suing cows because their milk color is white; just like goat milk...??? World is full of morons; or so it seems... Relying on patents to generate revenues... The share holders must be real proud, eh?!

11. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

World is full of morons, yes I agree. Just by looking at example you gave.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17520; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That became obvious with the first Apple/Samsung trial.

44. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Its not funny anymore!

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

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