Computer security and copy protection software company Uniloc Corp. filed a patent infringement lawsuit last Tuesday, June 14 against Apple Inc. The lawsuit, which was filed in an Eastern Texas District Court, claimed that Apple’s iMessage infringed upon four of Uniloc’s Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) patents.
App store developers encountered a similar struggle a few years ago when Texas-based patent company Lodsys, LLC lodged companies with several infringement lawsuits over in-app purchases. Smaller companies sometimes use patent infringement lawsuits to extort money from larger, well-known companies, while larger firms usually make out-of-court settlements when involved with such suits. Whether or not a company settles often has little to no bearing on whether the patent in question is valid or not.
If you are currently involved in intellectual property litigation in either a federal or Texas court, do not hesitate to seek legal help from our attorneys at Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C. by calling our offices today at (214) 824-1414.