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Apple in yet another patent problem spot

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 24 April 2017

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Whilst Apple are arguably the biggest and most recognised technology company across the globe, they don’t seem to be able to keep out of trouble.

Especially when it comes to patents.

After the patent saga with Samsung, which could arguably go on until the end of time, it seems that Apple’s patent lawyers can’t have a breather.

Cellular Communications Equipment (CCE) who are a subsidiary of patent licensing company Acacia Research have filed a patent infringement claim against Apple, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T Mobile in the US.

The basis of the claim is that the companies named have infringed US patents 6,892,074; 8,902,770; 8,254,872; and 9,037,129. These are all obviously in relation to mobile technology.

It is interesting to note that these patents actually originated from mobile company Nokia, who has shared a number of patents recently through ‘patent privateering’ agreements.

This claim against Apple comes only 7 months since CCE was awarded $22.1 million over the infringing of another patent by Apple.

CCE are specifically claiming that Apple’s models the iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, 5C, 5S and 6 are all infringing one or more of the patents listed above.

Arguing a direct and blatant infringement of the patents, CCE are asking for damages, costs as well as royalties and interest.

Apple are hoping that history does not repeat itself otherwise they may be suffering another financial blow, more substantial than the last.

Watch this space as the case unfolds.

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