Apple faces lawsuit in China

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08 Aug 2012 , 13:41

Beijing:Within weeks of settling ahigh-profile dispute over its iPad trademark, US high-techgiant Apple now faces a lawsuit by a man in Taiwan over itsFaceTime application which he claims is a violation of hispatent.

The plaintiff, identified as Lee, claims technology usedin the video-calling application violates his patent.

A spokesman for Zhenjiang Intermediate People’s Court inChina’s Jiangsu province said on Tuesday it has taken the caseon file.

The case calls for Apple to cease the violation but doesnot specify compensation, Shen, a publicity official at thecourt was quoted by the state-run China Daily.

Agencies

She said the plaintiff discovered the violation afterpurchasing an iPhone in Zhenjiang, and decided to file thecase with a local court.

Apple has been notified of the case, Shen added.

According to the indictment, Lee claims authorities on themainland granted his utility model patent on “voice networkpersonal digital assistant” technology on April 28, 2004, witha valid period of 10 years, Yangtze Evening News reported.

The indictment said his patent includes a wirelesscommunication module, a flash memory that stores codes ofnetwork voice service, as well as a personal digital assistantthat connects the communication module and memory technologiesvery similar to those used by FaceTime.

Apple’s spokeswoman in Beijing could not be reached forcomment on Tuesday.

FaceTime, which was released by Apple in 2010, isavailable on the company’s iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, iMac andMacBook.

The case against Apple comes close on the heels of itsettling a dispute over iPad for $60 million to a Taiwanesefirm Proview Shenzhen.

PTI


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