Patent trolling’: Apple seeks to nullify new claim by patent holdings firm Traxcell

In a counter complaint filed in California on Thursday, Apple seeks to nullify a new assertion from patent holdings firm Traxcell, which is suing the tech giant in Texas for alleged infringement of intellectual property covering navigation systems, reports AppleInsider.

Traxcell, a non-practicing entity (in other words, a “patent troll”), sued Apple in January on claims that the company’s Maps product infringes on two U.S. patents. The IP covers locating and providing directional assistance to devices on a mobile network and hardware that facilitates such capabilities.

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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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.