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Mosaid subsidiary sues Apple for patent infringement

updated 09:30 pm EST, Mon March 5, 2012

Suit targets tech used in iPhones and iPads

Apple is facing yet another lawsuit, as Mosaid subsidiary Core Wireless Licensing accuses the handset maker of infringing on eight patents. The suit targets several current Apple devices, including most iPhone and iPad variants, along with any similar products that the company will release in the future.

The move confirms suspicions that were first raised when Mosaid last year took control of Core Wireless Licensing, enabling the latter to file lawsuits related to thousands of Nokia patents related to wireless technologies. Under the initial terms of the deal, a third of litigation revenue would be kept by Mosaid and the majority would be funneled back to patent owner Nokia.

Although the latest lawsuit omits Mosaid's name from the filings, the company has proven itself an aggressive player in the widespread patent battles that include most major tech companies. The Ottawa-based company has attempted to squeeze Wi-Fi royalties from Dell, RIM, ASUS and Intel, among many others.

Core Wireless Licensing is demanding unspecified enhanced damages for existing infringement, in addition to future royalty payments for future products that are "not colorably different" from current products that are claimed to infringe.

Apple has yet to respond to the lawsuit.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    This is why...

    Apple keeps its $100 billion war chest just so it can deal with these endless patent lawsuits, w/out the sweat of having to settle out of court.

    This industry is now uncontrollably infested with patent lawsuits...it's ridiculous. These lawsuits and their sheer numbers are out of control and it's pathetic that govt leaders can't get this better defined and regulated.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    What I'd like...

    ...is to see Apple go on a patent invalidation spree and have a bunch of frivolous patents invalidated. Although, that would likely include some of their own. But it would definitely send the message that if you try to extort a settlement, Apple will not only fight it, but have your war chest invalidated for extorting from others.

  1. PolyEx

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Texas

    Another one filed in Texas, what a shocker

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