Apple is embroiled in a lawsuit accusing its iPhone and other mobile phone enabled products of infringing a few wireless communications patents, foreign media reported. Neowireless, LLC, headquartered in Delaware, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas on Wednesday local time, saying Apple deliberately infringed five intellectual property rights it owned.
It is reported that these patents focus on some underlying systems related to wireless communication, frequency band and other cellular technologies. From 2005 to 2004, the inventor Xiaodong Li and other co inventors applied for the first time. These applications cover some technologies related to LTE standards determined by the third generation partnership project. The third generation cooperation project is a standard organization for developing telecommunication protocols. More specifically, the lawsuit is against the way the iPhone uses a variety of cellular networks including LTE and 5g.
“In order to use LTE or 4G, NR or 5g networks, the iPhone is made to comply with wireless standards such as 3GPP to ensure compatibility with wireless devices and wireless networks,” the complaint said
Although there is no specific name, other apple mobile devices such as apple watch and iPad may also be included in the lawsuit.
The five patents mentioned in the lawsuit are as follows:
Methods and apparatuses for random access multi carrier communication systems
U.S. Patent No. 9363, 06 (method and apparatuses for flexible use of frequency bands)
U.S. Patent No. 10833908 (channel probing signal for a broadband communication system)
Methods and apparatuses for multi carrier communications with adaptive transmission and feedback
U.S. Patent No. 10447450 (method and system for multi carrier packet communication with reduced overhead)
It is reported that the petition applied for a jury trial. In addition, it required apple to pay damages, litigation costs and other costs related to patent infringement, judgment ordering the company to continue to pay royalties, and attorney fees.
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