Saturday, February 24, 2024

Patent trollin’: Apple fends off Uniloc’s challenge in patent dispute case

Apple has fended off a challenge at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to a largely favorable ruling from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which had invalidated parts of a patent that Uniloc had accused Apple of infringing with its FaceTime technology, reports Reuters.

Circuit Judge William Bryson, writing for a three-judge panel on Wednesday, rejected Uniloc’s attempt to revive parts of the patent as well as Apple’s request to cancel others based on an earlier patent that disclosed a similar system. Uniloc’s lawsuit claims the tech giant violated a patent it owns for a “system and method for network based policy enforcement of intelligent-client features.”

Uniloc, an Australia-based company that I consider a “patent troll,” has sued  Apple numerous times on dubious claims. 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.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher 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.