The lawsuits keep on coming

From Reuters:

Smartflash LLC aims to make Apple pay for using the patent licensing firm’s technology without permission in devices not be included in the previous case, such as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the iPad Air 2. The trial covered older Apple devices.

The new complaint was filed on Wednesday night in the same court in Tyler, where Smartflash is also based and which over the past decade has become a focus for patent litigation. Smartflash licenses its patents but does not make products itself.

“Smartflash filed the complaint to address products that came out too far into the last proceedings to have been included,” Smartflash’s attorney, Brad Caldwell, told Reuters on Thursday. “Apple cannot claim they don’t know about these patents or understand that they are infringing. A diligent jury has already rejected those arguments.”

Apple said after Tuesday’s verdict it would appeal and that the outcome was another reason reform was needed in the patent system to curb litigation by companies that make money off patent royalties instead of products.

Amen to that.

At the same time, from the Wall Street Journal:

Ericsson AB said Friday it is suing Apple Inc. for infringing 41 patents it says are critical to many aspects of the U.S. tech giant’s devices.

The Swedish networking company said Apple had declined a licensing deal and refused an offer to have a court determine fair licensing terms by which both companies would be bound, so it has filed two complaints with the U.S. International Trade Commission, and seven complaints in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.



  • Moeskido

    Useless leech, meet elderly wounded bear.

    • StruckPaper

      That’s just silly, one-sided fanboyism.

      • Moeskido

        Perhaps. I’m not a fan of patent trolls. And Ericsson might very well have a case, but they’re certainly not what they once were.

        • Struckpaper

          Apple, IBM, Microsoft, etc. all have patents they will never ever productize. Are they patent trolls too?

          • Moeskido

            No. They actually sell products and services. I’m referring to a company specifically created to sue other companies for royalties on patents they’ve acquired for that specific purpose.

            Where Ericsson’s concerned, I have to wonder if this lawsuit has any more substance than opportunistic envy.