H-W Technology sues Apple, 31 other companies alleging patent infringement

“H-W Technology on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Apple, Nokia, Motorola, RIM and 28 other companies for infringing on one of its patents,” Jim Dalrymple reports for The Loop.

“Filed in the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, the lawsuit claims the 32 companies infringe on the ’955 Patent, entitled ‘Internet Protocol (IP) Phone with Search and Advertising Capability,'” Dalrymple reports. “The patent was awarded to H-W Technology in April 2009.”

Dalrymple reports, “In addition to Apple, Nokia, Motorola and RIM, other companies sued by H-W Technology include Amazon, LG, eBay, Hotels.com, Google, Priceline, Expedia, Buy.com, Samsung, Microsoft, Verizon and others. H-W Technology is asking the court for a permanent injunction against the companies, cash damages, and enhanced damages for knowingly infringing on the patent.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]


  1. Surely then every IP phone has the ‘capability’ for advertisement because you can stick a brand’s sticker onto the phone.

    Like back in the day with the branded fascias for the old Nokia brick phones. Surely that was a phone ‘capable of advertisement’ and they were around a long time before 2009.

  2. Who has the patent for using fire to heat food? The repeated lawsuits by people and groups that never had the ability to use, develop or market their ideas is getting old. What / who is H-W Technology and where / when did they bring it to market. Is that product or service still in use today?

    Is this just another “give me cash” to use the patent I could never make money with and never intended to use?

    Patent leaches!

  3. Whatever happened to “prior art”? From this writeup he’s getting a patent for stuff others have been doing for years. The patent’s claims seem outrageously broad, almost amounting to “anything one can do on a mobile device”.

  4. I guess the point is, vague or otherwise, they have somehow managed to patent something that says ‘Internet Protocol (IP) Phone with Search and Advertising Capability.’ That’s the real contention here.

  5. Here is the patent verbatim:

    “A software platform in an Internet Protocol (IP) phone having the ability to be used with different communication infrastructures such as broadband, wireless communication and Plain Old Telephone System (POTS) service. Further, the software platform in the IP phone has the ability to be used with different applications operating on the IP phone. Further, the IP phone has the ability to perform additional functionality than traditional Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) phones, such as searches and advertising, given its ability to converge voice and data within a single terminal.”

    Um, yeah. Good luck with that one.

    1. The outcome I’d like to see is to have the computer tech division of the US Patent Office FIRED. Any decent computer science graduate would have thrown this BS back in H-W’s face and laughed at them.

  6. The H-W Technology patent award continues the consistent fact that the US Patent Office is full of TechTards. Nothing new here. The lawyers love it.

    Hey Corporate Oligarchy! A clue for you:
    Toss your millions at reforming the US Patent Office! Or is it too scary for you to get involved with anything so unselfish? 80

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