Swiss Company SmartData Sues Apple


The success of iPhone 4S has brought Apple a lot of money and made it one of the richest tech firms in the world. When well-established giants like Motorola and Samsung are drooling over Apple’s money, it is understandable for lesser known companies to go after Apple’s money.

You may have never heard of this Swiss company but this company called SmartData has filed a lawsuit against Apple, claiming that Apple is willfully infringing its patent on a “modular computer” with the Apple TV, iPhone, and Remote app.

Electronista noted that SmartData did not seem to produce any products or have any clients. Thus, this seems to be yet another case of a company seeking to make money solely off its patent portfolio. SmartData was reportedly in licensing talks with Apple as early as 2004. However, two years later, talks between these two companies ended abruptly.

Electronista has classified the claims made by SmartData as “somewhat tenuous”. It noted that nothing in the claim actually appears to apply to Apple’s products. The claim was filed in Apple’s San Jose court district rather than the plaintiff-friendly East Texas district. This reduces the possibility of that SmartData will succeed in its claim.

Source: TUAW

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