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Apple, others sued for claiming expired, unrelated patents

updated 12:00 pm EDT, Mon July 19, 2010

iPhones, iPods cited as offending products

Apple, Sprint, Verizon and Samsung have been targeted in a new lawsuit, accusing the companies of false patent marketing, according to AppleInsider. The group called Americans for Fair Patent Use asserts that the companies are claiming expired patents, and/or attaching some patents to products for which they don't apply. In the case of Apple, the iPhone, the iPod touch, the fifth- and sixth-generation iPod classics and the third- and fourth-generation iPod nanos are all said to have product guides claiming patents which "expired prior to the first sale in the United States of any Apple Product."

Filed through the US District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, the case relies on a law called the False Marketing Statute, and could theoretically see the companies pay a $500 penalty per falsely marketed product. Half of the sum would go to the government, in keeping with terms of the statute, while the AFPU would get the remainder. The defendants would also be subject to steps preventing future false marketing, and could be made to notify customers of their violations.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Too Much...

    time on their hands. Couldn't the Eastern Part of Texas be dropped into the Gulf along with the oil problems?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Re: Too Much

    You are so right. I mean, this is a sheer money grab. What, at $500 per product, they might rake in a cool 10 grand.

  1. B9bot

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    What a joke! Like Apple has nothing better to do

    Yea, Apple has nothing better to do then claim false expired patents on the very products they built from scratch through there own R&D, there own software, there own hardware.
    What a joke!
    I see the state of Texas is prejudice against Apple.
    DELL fan boys are mad that Apple has beat them fair and square with better hardware, software, and service. Oh and Apple is also now greener too!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: What a joke!

    I see the state of Texas is prejudice against Apple.

    You are so right. I can't believe Apple even operates in that state. Considering that every patent lawsuit that is filed there is against apple. In fact, I think most are filed under the name Del L. Michaels. Very suspicious indeed.

    Yea, Apple has nothing better to do then claim false expired patents on the very products they built from scratch through there own R&D, there own software, there own hardware.

    BTW, it is "their", not "there". And very little of their products are built from scratch, and half isn't even through their own R&D, just through their cash account which allows them to buy companies that have tech they want (for example, the entire touch-screen interface).

  1. pmccann

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    While we're picking nits....w9

    Prejudice*d* not "prejudice". You wouldn't say "they are bias" (I hope), but would always use "they are biased". Same deal here...

    Your friendly school ma'am.

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