Apple Slapped with Smart Cover Patent Lawsuit

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Apple has been hit with a new patent infringement lawsuit that alleges its Smart Cover for the iPad uses technology that it hasn’t licensed. The lawsuit comes from Aspen, Colorado resident Jerald Bovino who claimed his 2005 patent for a paneled computer display case describes Apple’s own iPad cover.

Apple lands in the middle of a patent lawsuit over its Smart Cover designThe patent in question, 6,997,809, details a case that attaches to the computer and includes ribs, or panels, that help protect the device and its display, according to paidContent. The patent description sounds similar to the Smart Cover, although in Apple’s case the panels are designed to let the cover fold back and become a stand.

Mr. Bovino’s lawsuit comes only days after Apple was granted a patent for its iPad Smart Cover. The Smart Cover has been available ever since the iPad 2 was introduced.

Mr. Bovino filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Colorado, and is asking the court to force Apple and Target to pay royalties for using his patent.

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7 Comments Leave Your Own

b9bot

That man designed a purse with ribs in it. It has nothing to do with being smart, it doesn’t make his purse go to sleep. It doesn’t fold using the ribs in his purse. Smart covers don’t have straps.
This is a total joke and should be tossed out of court as these to products are entirely different and do entirely different things.

geoduck

Unfortunately A) Anyone can sue anyone for anything and until Loser Pays is enacted there is no penalty for frivolous lawsuits. B) Judges and Juries are the LEAST competent to decide these questions meaning that serial suers win often enough to keep the industry going.

MOSiX Man

^ What they said. This is a good example of idiocy being supported by the patent system and the US court system.

noworryz

The correct patent number is US 6,977,809.

Terrin

Loser pays would suck. With that said, the problem is Judges should use their power to throw out frivolous suits more judiciously. Or perhaps a lawsuit should initially go before a random panel of judges to determine if it was frivolous before it was allowed to proceed.

Unfortunately A) Anyone can sue anyone for anything and until Loser Pays is enacted there is no penalty for frivolous lawsuits. B) Judges and Juries are the LEAST competent to decide these questions meaning that serial suers win often enough to keep the industry going.

Truely

His attorney, Rick “Ralph” Martin is a convicted felon.  Started using “Rick” afrter his conviction. Yes, Colorado allows them to practice law. He also is currently on probation for misusing client funds. http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/80502-co-ralph-martin-1264077.html He recently went bankrupt and has a history of suing his cleints. Wonder if this will matter.

founders

I don’t think his attorneys have ever been lead attorney in an IP case. I also read the Dr. saying no one but Martin would take the case against Apple. Might show how strong of a case he has.

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