Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) continues to remain in the crosshairs of patent trolls. The latest lawsuit leveled against the Cupertino, CA company concerns the company’s Apple’s iCloud, iPhoto, iMovie and Photo Stream products.
TLI Communications has alleged that Apple committed patent infringement. The company contends that Apple’s products use their patented technology without license or authority.
The company has filed a similar suit against Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) for good measure.
What TLI Communications is Claiming
The patent in question, number 6,038,295, now owned by TLI, was originally filed in Munich, Germany.
According to Patently Apple, “Dr. Mattes invented a revolutionary way of communicating and recording such digital images, which allowed numerous images to be simply and quickly recorded, tracked, accessed and transmitted.”
How Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Allegedly Infringes
Apple’s iCould, iPhoto, and iMovie products organize and share a user’s photos.
It’s TLI’s belief, though, that the technology Apple uses to store and organize millions of images from mobile phones infringes upon TLI’s patented technology. Specifically, the “products and processes that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) uses to upload, store and organize the digital images it receives from mobile telephones,” according to Patently Apple.
The case will be tried in Delaware District Court, Wilmington office.
Number of Suits Against Apple will Grow
As an article by Ian King and Susan Decker of Bloomberg asserts, publicly traded companies are getting into the patent trolling business. Spherix Inc (NASDAQ:SPEX), a company that once developed diabetes treatments recently “merged with North South Holdings Inc., owner of a portfolio of 224 patents. The new Spherix, which calls itself an ‘intellectual property development company,’ is pursuing infringement cases.”
Spherix’s decision is symptomatic of an industry trend that doesn’t spell good things for the likes of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)
Tim Cook’s company isn’t entirely on the defensive in the patent war: The company is presently fighting a much publicized battle with Samsung over that company’s alleged infringement on iPhone designs and technology.