The Tech Giant of US, Apple seems to have fallen in a case of a patent over AirDrop
The patent case filed under US District Court of Western Court of Texas, Uniloc’s latest attempt to extract damages from the tech giant uses a single patent first filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2000.
Invented by Jonathan Griffiths, U.S. Patent No. 7,136,999 for a “Method and system for electronic device authentication” details techniques of creating a secure environment for transferring data between two devices.
In particular, the IP covers methods of providing authentication over a variety of wireless protocols including Bluetooth.
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Uniloc Luxembourg subsequently assigned the patent to Uniloc 2017 LLC in July.
Uniloc’s U.S. licensing entity, with the recently formed Uniloc 2017, is leveraging the patents-in-suit against Apple and AirDrop.
Introduced alongside OS X 10.7 Lion in 2011, AirDrop is a first-party ad hoc protocol designed to simplify the process of transferring large files from one device to another.
Apple later extended – and modified – AirDrop to accommodate its mobile operating system with iOS 7 in 2013.
The non-practicing entity is alleging infringement of claims 13 and 17 of the ‘999 patent, which relates to establishing a secure link between two devices through an exchange of authentication information over two separate communications links.
Seems all the devices are suffering under the Case
Named in the suit are all devices compatible with Apple’s current implementation of AirDrop, including all iPhones from iPhone 5 to iPhone XS Max, fourth- and fifth-generation iPads, all iPad mini generations, all iPad Air models, iPad Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, the fifth-generation iPod and fourth- through sixth-generation iPod touch models.
Uniloc in its suit seeks unspecified damages, reimbursement of legal fees and other relief deemed fit by the court.
The AirDrop case is the latest in a string of Uniloc lawsuits targeting Apple technologies.
Last April, Uniloc sued over Maps, Apple ID and remote software updates, while a second batch of filings homed in on AirPlay, autodialing, battery technology in May. Device wake-up, step tracking, and Apple Watch were added to the growing pile last June, AirPlay and Home in July, the Apple TV Remote app in August and Apple Watch’s GPS in October.
Uniloc is one of the most active patent trolls in the U.S., leveraging reassigned patents or vaguely worded original IP against a number of tech firms including Activision Blizzard, Aspyr, Electronic Arts, McAfee, Microsoft, Rackspace, Sega, Sony, Symantec and more.