Apple hit with patent infringement lawsuit over FaceTime and Messages

“A Texas based Company by the name of Intercarrier Communications (ICC) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“The Company claims that Apple’s Messages and FaceTime applications found in iOS and OS X infringe on their single patent which they took assignment of for the sole purpose of suing other companies,” Purcher reports. “In the last five days, Intercarrier Communications have filed infringement suits against Apple, MobiWeb, Inerop Technologies, BroadSoft, Iris Wireless and others using the same patent. By definition, Intercarrier Communications looks to be the Patent troll of the week.”

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  1. The SMS goes through the Carrier (telco) not through Apple. The tech they describe resides inside the telco phone router. How is Apple involved in the infringing data transaction?

    Even if they are referring to an iMessage, which in WiFi mode would go through the Apple data centers, how could they possibly know that Apple’s secure internal servers are running parts of their patented code? Not likely. I call Troll.

  2. Did I read this correctly? A *Texas* patent troll company files a lawsuit in *Virginia Eastern District Court*! Please tell me East VA is not attempting to emulate East TX! Is the contagion spreading? Are there no efficacious vaccines? WIll Bullwinkle finally pull a rabbit out of his hat?

  3. Apple should be these people a one way trip out in space with SpaceX.

    How ever. To support my earlier stance even if I don’t like it in this case. A patent is a patent is a patent. No matter who holds it.

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