Apple Sued Over Caller ID Patents
As if the problems from Motorola and Samsung were not enough, Apple is facing some new legal tangles and now it would need to take out some more time to spend in courts.
Cequint Inc., a Seattle based company is seeking unspecified damages related to the claims of Apple products infringing on caller ID related patents. The company had filed a complaint in Wilmington and seeking to approach a court in Wilmington. Declaring the status of Caller ID disputed, Cequint wants to prevent Apple from using this technology.
Cequint seems to have close ties with many major U.S. carriers as well as Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone vendors. Its caller ID technology is currently featured in Verizon’s pre-installed City ID app and T-Mobile’s Name ID service. The technology has been integrated in over thirty other handsets that include competing platforms, several wireless carriers, and several handset manufacturers as well.
The two patents presented by Cequint in the court focus on Caller ID Data. One patent is a Caller ID equipment that displays the location of a caller. Other patent was described as a “Decoding and processing system for advanced determination of display of geographic information to a called party.”
It remains to be seen how Apple would react to this lawsuit.