Apple Hit with A Lawsuit over iPhone Calling and Email Functions
Apple’s courtroom headaches seemed to headed north as it has been hit with new six-count lawsuit over certain iPhone functions. A Texas-based patent troll is suing Apple for violating a number of patents that, according to its claims, cover technologies currently being used on iPhones and iPads.
Corydoras Technologies has sued Apple for infringing on six patents. In the court papers filed by Corydoras Technologies alleges that Apple is infringing on patents it purchased from Japan and which protect a number of features that are already in use, including the capability of making phone calls or sending emails. The company claims that 20 specific models of Apple’s iPhones and iPads infringe on various claims of their patents in respect to cameras, call blocking, FaceTime calling and more.
The court documents filed by Corydoras Technologies covers six patents by the same title “Communication Device. The patents involved include 7,778,664, 7,945,236, 7,945,287,7,996,037, 8,024,009 and 8,731,540. The products listed in the lawsuit include the following: the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus and SE (collectively “Accused iPhones”), and the iPad 2, iPad 3rd generation, iPad 4th generation, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPad mini 4 (collectively “Accused iPads”).
An excerpt from the complaint reads the following:
“Apple’s Accused iPhones are capable of making phone calls, FaceTime calls, and/or FaceTime Audio calls using voice commands. By way of example, Apple’s ‘Voice Control’ or ‘Siri’ feature provides the capability to make a phone call, FaceTime call and/or FaceTime Audio call in response to a voice command.”
According to PatentlyApple, Corydoras names the iPhone 4 and newer and the iPad 2 and newer as devices that infringe on its patents.
Corydoras has similarly sued Samsung earlier this year with similar patent infringement charges and seems to be a habitual patent troll.
Apple has not commented on this lawsuit as of yet.