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Patent trollin’: Apple sued for selling smart water bottles

Another day, another lawsuit. And this one is a doozy: Xennial IP LLC — a “patent troll” in my opinion — is suing Apple for selling smart water bottles that connect to smartwatches like an Apple Watch.

AppleInsider says the lawsuit alleges that the tech giant violates two patents involving a “communicative sports water bottle” that can connect to a smart device and track health metrics like water intake.

Of course, Apple doesn’t make such a device. It’s “mistake” seems to be in selling the HidrateSpark devices that can connect to an Apple Watch, monitor liquid intake and set daily goals.

I’d say there’s a snowball’s chance in hell of the Xennial lawsuit succeeding. It’s just a waste of time for our court systems.

A patent troll is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling competition or launching patent infringement suits. In legal terms, a patent troll is a type of non-practicing entity: someone who holds a patent but is not involved in the design or manufacture of any product or process associated with that patent.

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the authorDennis Sellers
Dennis Sellers is the news editor of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.
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