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Apple Sued Over iOS 6's Passbook Feature

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Software developer Ameranth says Apple has been aware of the patents allegedly violated.

Software developer Ameranth is suing Apple over charges relating to iOS 6's Passbook app violating several of its patents.

Ameranth, a company that sells services and software to the gaming and hospitality industry, states that Passbook violates a total of four of its U.S. patents: No. 6,384,850, No. 6,871,325, No. 6,982,733 and No. 8,146,077.

The above patents deal with "Information management and synchronous communications system," which includes the likes of the ability to synchronize data among wireless, wired and Web-based systems pertaining to electronic menus, as well as reservations for businesses such as restaurants.

Ameranth refers to Passbook being able to download and store "airline boarding passes, hotel reservations, movie tickets, and event tickets", with the software developer also claiming that Apple is aware of the patents apparently being violated.

"One of the Ameranth patents-in-suit, U.S. Patent No. 6,384,850 -- the first patent issued in this Ameranth patent family -- was cited as a prior art reference in two Apple iPhone patents issued to named inventors Bas Ording and Steven P. Jobs," said the court filing. "Also, three of the patents in this Ameranth patent family have been asserted in several patent enforcement actions against Apple business partners."

The firm added that it is looking for triple the amount of damages it has endured due to Apple's alleged infringement.

iOS 6 introduced the Passbook app which allows iDevice users to synchronize, as well as save electronic copies of boarding passes, tickets, coupons and loyalty cards.

The aforementioned lawsuit doesn't represent the end of Apple's legal woes, though. Earlier on, Samsung, as promised, sued the world's most valuable company (and the world's largest hedge fund) over alleged patent infringements in the iPhone 5. That was preceded by a further blow to Apple in the form of its injunction against the sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 getting overturned.

 

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  • 28 Hide
    bllue , October 3, 2012 3:42 PM
    We need more companies suing Apple
  • 28 Hide
    pyoverdin , October 3, 2012 3:39 PM
    Sooner or later Apple will just sue the patent office for infringing upon Apple's patented patenting process. Copy and sue who copies you.
  • 28 Hide
    memadmax , October 3, 2012 3:39 PM
    Whomever patented round corners needs to join in on the fun as well.
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  • 28 Hide
    memadmax , October 3, 2012 3:39 PM
    Whomever patented round corners needs to join in on the fun as well.
  • 28 Hide
    pyoverdin , October 3, 2012 3:39 PM
    Sooner or later Apple will just sue the patent office for infringing upon Apple's patented patenting process. Copy and sue who copies you.
  • 28 Hide
    bllue , October 3, 2012 3:42 PM
    We need more companies suing Apple
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    officeguy , October 3, 2012 4:02 PM
    Now their legal department has something to do now.
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    Anonymous , October 3, 2012 4:12 PM
    dont need to use an iphone 5 to violate Ameranth patents.. but its against Apple, so that makes it ok i guess
  • 23 Hide
    jupiter optimus maximus , October 3, 2012 4:19 PM
    bllueWe need more companies suing Apple

    Apple juice companies should join in the mix...
  • 9 Hide
    shafe88 , October 3, 2012 4:32 PM
    officeguyNow their legal department has something to do now.
    Their legal department don't need something to do, when their already busy finding companies for apple to sue.
  • 1 Hide
    curiosul , October 3, 2012 4:47 PM
    pyoverdinSooner or later Apple will just sue the patent office for infringing upon Apple's patented patenting process. Copy and sue who copies you.


    That would be IBM actually:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/ibm-patents-the-patent,11868.html
  • 4 Hide
    techslave3 , October 3, 2012 5:01 PM
    Apple should sue itself. Either way the company will come out a winner.
  • 15 Hide
    acadia11 , October 3, 2012 5:11 PM
    Apple brought this on itself.
  • 4 Hide
    Miharu , October 3, 2012 5:25 PM
    Apple: "We don't understand. We get sued over our innovation!"

    For real ?!? This can't be.
  • 2 Hide
    pacomac , October 3, 2012 5:28 PM
    How was this patent ever granted? As a developer you can't do anything these days without breaking one patent or another.
  • 7 Hide
    cRACKmONKEY421 , October 3, 2012 5:41 PM
    Boooo Apple. Yay for company I never heard of! Down with the corporate bullies!!
  • 4 Hide
    ddpruitt , October 3, 2012 5:51 PM
    The amazon part of this story (to me)

    A COMPANY WHO ACTUALLY MADE SOMETHING WITH IT'S PATENTS IS SUING!
  • 0 Hide
    ricardok , October 3, 2012 6:11 PM
    pyoverdinSooner or later Apple will just sue the patent office for infringing upon Apple's patented patenting process. Copy and sue who copies you.
    Google already patented the process of patenting something. :D  Toms did a news piece on this. Can't find it tho.

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    ricardok , October 3, 2012 6:12 PM
    Ops.. It was IBM.. Sorry guys.
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    LordConrad , October 3, 2012 6:26 PM
    Apple copied it wrong!
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    drozd81 , October 3, 2012 6:36 PM
    Not that I'm defending Apple here or trying to state the obvious, but...

    The current patenting system is a total mess at the moment. Every year it is becoming harder and harder to innovate and it is not because of lack of skill or imagination. It is because of artificial legal problems people created for themselves. The patenting was originally created to protect intellectual property of people who invent something truly marvelous. But now you can't include even the simplest features or functions without violating someone's rights, all because of the abundance of dull and obvious "daahhhh" patents. Individual inventors that work out of their garage really stand no chance at ever bringing their work to the market. In the end, this results in the public being deprived of newer and better stuff. Who knows what great idea never made it because of the patenting mess?

    Solution to this? How about if anyone who uses the patents that don't belong or licensed to them will only be liable for a fixed amount of revenue generated by the sales of the product in question. Let's say we set it to 25%, which would be for all the patents used, 1 patent or 100, it doesn't matter. Then the patent holders either settle it among themselves who gets how much of this 25% or go to court. All of this would be instead of suing the company that sells the product, which again would only give up a set percentage of revenue thus buying itself an immunity from being sued.

    Does this sound reasonable?
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    Anonymous , October 3, 2012 7:48 PM
    Your all Apple hating idiots. Don't hate on Apple b/c you are upset that everytime you update your "Droid," you have to factory reset it to get rid of the constant freezes and battery pulls.
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    tuffjuff , October 3, 2012 7:54 PM
    pyoverdinSooner or later Apple will just sue the patent office for infringing upon Apple's patented patenting process. Copy and sue who copies you.


    Silly, up-vote baiting troll, IMO.
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