Apple, 31 Other Cos. Hit With Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Apple, Nokia, Motorola, RIM, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and 25 other companies were slapped with a lawsuit filed by H-W Technology this week. The allegation is that the firms are infringing on H-W’s ‘955 Patent, titled “Internet Protocol (IP) Phone with Search and Advertising Capability” and awarded to H-W in April 2009, according to Loop Insight.

Loop Insight editor Jim Dalrymple quoted from the patent: “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 is looking for the usual permanent injunction, cash damages, and enhanced cash damages for knowingly violating their patent.