Bluebonnet Telecommunications Sues Apple over Call Forwarding Patent

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Apple was hit with a new patent infringement lawsuit this week, this time from Bluebonnet Telecommunications over the call forwarding feature in the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. According to the lawsuit, Apple is inducing customers to use features it knows infringe on the patent in question.

Bluebonnet Telecommunications says Apple is infringing on its call forwarding patentBluebonnet Telecommunications says Apple is infringing on its call forwarding patent

Bluebonnet's patent, number 5,485,511, describes a "method and apparatus for determining the telephony features assigned to a telephone," and the lawsuit specifically targets how Apple implemented the call forwarding feature in the iPhone. The company said Apple induces iPhone users by,

(1) providing instructions to their customers that explain how to use the features of the accused devices that are accused of infringement (specifically those features that allow call forwarding and the display of whether the feature is activated); and (2) by touting the accused features of the smartphone.

It isn't clear if Bluebonnet tried to enter into patent negotiations before filing the lawsuit, and the wording the company uses implies that Apple may not have even been aware of the patent before getting slapped with court documents.

Bluebonnet Telecommunications filed its lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, which just so happens to be a court favored by patent trolls. The company is asking for financial damages and a permanent injunction blocking Apple from continuing to infringe on the 511 patent.

[Thanks to AppleInsider for the heads up]

Comments

geoduck

Over the rubble of the ruins of Imperial Rome stood the Vandals and Visigoths bent on destruction for the sake of greed and cruelty regardless of the cost to people, society, or humanity.

I suspect that in 500 years the same will be said of Lawyers in the US.

ibuck

geoduck:  the same will be said of Lawyers in the US.

How about corruption in judges—who become infamous for types of decisions, such as favoring corporations or patent trolls? Or judges who say before the trial that the defendant is likely guilty? Or who accept gifts or favors from one side, as a couple Supremes do? If judges cannot be impartial, then their court is a sham. There can be no freedom without justice, and too many courts in the US are corrupt and unjust.

furbies

geoduck:

Over the rubble of the ruins of Imperial Rome stood the Vandals and Visigoths bent on destruction for the sake of greed and cruelty regardless of the cost to people, society, or humanity.

I suspect that in 500 years the same will be said of Lawyers in the US.

It won’t be just the United States. That same sick & perverse thinking is cropping up everywhere.

What was it someone said about lawyers, revolutions and walls ?

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