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NetAirus sues Apple over iPhone wireless technology

updated 01:05 pm EDT, Tue May 4, 2010

Entire device design allegedly violates patent

Virtually the entire design of the iPhone infringes on a patent held by NetAirus Technologies, a new lawsuit alleges. The California company accuses Apple of violating a patent titled Wireless Handset Communication System, which describes "small light weight modular microcomputer based computer and communications systems, designed for both portability and desktop uses." These include "one or more telephone-like handsets and/or earset[s]," capable of supporting voice, text and video.

One possible area of discrepancy is a reference to configuring systems "in a portable arrangement similar to conventional notebook computers," which can also be "quickly and easily disassembled and re-assembled for office desktop uses." The lawsuit is being handled through the court for the Central District of California Western Division, and could theoretically result in damage payments, as well as a block on the sale of all models of the iPhone. In practice, however, the case is likely to be dismissed or reach a settlement, as with most such allegations.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Kees

    Joined: Dec 1969


    here we go again

    Another ridiculously broad patent that is only going to make lawyers rich.
    The american patent office is really putting those tax dollars to work, isn't it?

  1. yohan123

    Joined: Dec 1969


    who owns what

    We have friends in Canada who tell us the story of the local indian groups fighting the wind power initiative by stating the they own the wind that is powering the wind turbines. This story smells like that.

  1. bdmarsh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not going to happen

    They would have sued Blackberry & Nokia years ago if the patent was valid.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    PR Stunt

    Ever heard of NetAirus? Now you have.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They've got to be kidding...

    They should be going after Nokia, Sony-Ericcson, Samsung and LG. They've had all voice, video and text capability for years. Korean and Japan are certainly leaders in those type of phone services. Some faction seems to be definitely trying to scuttle Apple on all fronts.

  1. FavFruit

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Vexatious litigation laws....

    ...might put a stop to this kind of behavior.....

  1. johncarync

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'll sue NetAirus

    No big deal. I'll just sue NetAirus for infringing on my patent for "a thing that does stuff."

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Waste of time

    They should make wasting everyone's time a crime punishable by death.

  1. mtnrunner2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Are you kidding me?

    Where the heck do these people come from? Ugh.

    Reminds me of the never-before-heard-from-and-never-to-be-heard-from-ever-again company that sued Apple over ColorSync, i.e. over "technology to match color from a monitor to another device", something that is done by probably hundreds of other companies.

    >No big deal. I'll just sue NetAirus for infringing on my patent for "a thing that does stuff."

    LOL. Thinking the same thing.

    Maybe I should sue GM over "a device to move something from one something to something else".

  1. mtnrunner2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Are you kidding me some more?

    Try to browse to or

    No domain? No web site? Yeah, they're a real high-tech contender. LOL.

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