“A Massachusetts inventor is suing Apple Inc., saying the company is illegally using his caller identification technology in the popular iPhone,” Hiawatha Bray reports for The Boston Globe Staff.

“The lawsuit, filed last Friday in US District Court in Boston, pits one of the world’s leading technology companies against an independent inventor whose patent is already licensed by many of Apple’s biggest competitors in the cellphone business, Bray reports.

“Romek Figa of Hanover, a 1971 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, operates Abraham & Son, an electronics consulting business. During the 1980s, Figa teamed up with two other inventors on a personalized caller ID system,” Bray reports.

“Lawyer Lisa Tittemore of Bromberg & Sunstein LLP in Boston, the firm representing Figa, said many of the world’s wireless phone makers have licensed the patent, including the three biggest – Motorola Inc., Samsung Group, and Nokia Corp.,” Bray reports.

“‘Apple was contacted about a license, but the parties were not able to agree on acceptable terms,’ Tittemore said,” Bray reports.

“Figa’s lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages and asks that the damage amount be tripled because of Apple’s ‘willful and deliberate’ patent infringement,” Bray reports.

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