∞ Apple, 31 other companies sued for 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.

[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]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.” The patent was awarded to H-W Technology in April 2009.

The patent describes “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.”

H-W Technology is claiming in its lawsuit that the patent also covers smartphones.

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.

  • Jim

    Wow. There has to be more to the patent than what is cited above. That can’t be it, could it? if it is, I need to patent some generic ideas right away.

    • There is more to the patent than that, or, more specifically, more than that required to infringe the published claims. As with nearly every story about patent cases, things get pretty over simplified based on what the plaintiff says the patent covers or what the title of the patent happens to be. See applepatent.com for more detailed patent-claim-focused discussion on the case.

  • Some Tech Guy

    That is the problem. Companies are now getting away with patenting ideas. Products oor planned products should be patentable. Algorithms should be. Ideas are just that ideas.

  • sip

    Does anyone know when the patent application was submitted?

    • Patent #7525955 was filed in March ’05. Two previous related applications (haven’t read them, just looking at ‘955) were filed in March ’04.

      It’ll be interesting to see how far this gets through the court system. From a quick read-through, they’re stretching their own patent quite a bit to file suit against anything the named companies produce. Even then a substantial portion of the technology wouldn’t have been novel in 2005 (IM-IANAL-O).

  • thomcarl

    God save us from the Patent trolls.

  • It just isn’t going to work for them. I’m sure none of these phones (especially the iPhone) run off of POTS. This patent seems to be describing an IP based home phone, not mobile smartphone.

  • Jimkyser

    I think my Palm 650 did all of those things prior to the submission of this patent. How could this have been considered novel by the patent office?

  • If your patent has been infringed, and you are about to enter into a patent infringement, you need to know that you are entering into a very risky venture. In addition to being expensive, it is a process that can take years. And you could still go to trial and lose!