Ameranth vs Apple: The Passbook App Comes Under Fire

Another day, another lawsuit.

Apple is hit with another court case, this time by Ameranth, who claims that the Cupertino Calif.-based company’s Passbook application violates its patents.

In a document filing, the San Diego gaming and restaurant software company declared suing Apple for the violation of four of its copyrights in the new iOS 6 Passbook app- No 6,384,850, No 6,871,325, No 6,982,733, and No 8,146,077.

First two patents are titled “Information management and synchronous communications system with menu generation,” and the second two have the same title: “Information management and synchronous communications system with menu generation, and handwriting and voice modification of orders.”

This is not the first time Apple got sued. What’s surprising is that it’s not Samsung, who is the Apple’s biggest rival. The two are entrapped in court battles for patents all over the world.

Ameranth deals in for-sale products. The company sells software and services to the hospitality and the gaming industry. The firm has also received strategic investments from both Microsoft and Motorola.

This battle between Ameranth and Apple is regarding Passbook app. The app is introduced in iOS 6. It lets users synchronize and save tickets, boarding passes, and gift cards. The Passbook app is integrated with one credit card provider.

Ameranth states in its court filing that Apple has infringed several of its patents and is hoping to get triple amount of damages that it sustained due to Apple.

This is not the first time Ameranth has filed a court case.

Back in July, the firm filed patent lawsuits against various companies such as Hilton, Marriott, Best Western, Travelocity, Kayak, Hotwire, Expedia, Orbitz, Ticketmaster, Stubhub, and Fandango.… Read the rest

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Japanese Court Rules Out Apple’s Claims on Samsung!

The most famous Apple vs. Samsung is one court case, which is being fought all over the world. In one of the latest ruling, a Japanese court recently rejected Apple’s patent infringement claim against Samsung, which Apple accused of violating its iPhone technology in its smartphones.

Waging a battle over intellectual property, this ruling comes as a blow to Apple, which recently won more than $1 billion in damages in the US.

The South Korean tech giant, however, got a jump, when the Tokyo district court ruled and said that Samsung did not infringe patents with its technology for synchronizing music and video between computers and smartphones or tablets.

Apple vs. Samsung battle is going on in at least nine countries and four continents over violating each other’s patents.

Samsung shares saw a rise Friday following this verdict, which came as a relief to the firm, which recently suffered a loss of around $12 billion because of the legal battle.

This patent suit was filed in the Tokyo court one year ago by Apple, which claimed Samsung of infringing its iPhone technology in its smartphones and tablets such as the Galaxy S, the Galaxy S2, and the Galaxy tab.

As per the International Data Group, a study revealed that Samsung and Apple together account for nearly half of the productive global smartphone market. Samsung holds 32.6 percent of the smartphone market, up from 17 percent a year ago, whereas Apple’s share is at 16.9 percent, down from 18.8 percent one year ago.

Samsung is fighting not only with Apple but also domestic companies such as Sharp, Fujitsu and Sony in Tokyo.

The Korean company’s firm fate will be determined on Dec. 6th as that is the date set for the hearing of Apple’s plea to pull down eight of Samsung’s smartphones in the US market.

In yet another ruling in Samsung vs. Apple case, a Seoul-based court recently ruled that the two tech makers did infringe on one another’s various patents. The patent-infringing devices from both the giants were banned in the South Korea market.… Read the rest

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