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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Patent Wars Not Helpful to Anyone: Google

Google suggested that fighting patent wars is not innovative or helpful in any manner. It seems like Google is getting fed up with software patents, just after the former got an upper hand in the court with Oracle, which was declared as the patent battle of the decade.

At an Aspen conference in Mountain View, Calif., Pablo Chavez, Google’s public policy director, referred to the patent wars, saying that they are not helpful to the marketplace or to innovation. He further said that patent wars are not helpful to the consumers at all. However, there are many who see this statement as a reaction to the social search giant’s ongoing legal battles with Oracle, which Google won at trial, and Apple, which is still pending.

Software patents are getting too controversial in technology circles, where most of the companies are taking its rivals to courts for infringing each other patents.

This statement given by Googlers implies that the company plans to go anti-patents for a while. Google seems to hate the whole workings of patents, and sees the whole act of patent law as against progression.

Chavez believes that the patent life 20 years should be cut shortened. The social search giant also supports strong financial penalties for lawsuit-losing patent trolls and also against the patenting of abstract concepts that are only patented because they are implemented online.

Currently, Google is busy trying to change patent laws. The firm has filled amicus briefs, it advocates for reforms, and has also teamed up with other anti-patent players in the technology sector.

Google’s case with Oracle involved technologies core to the open-source Android operating system. However, Android patent lawsuits still abound, from the epic Samsung-Apple suits over hardware design to suits, which involves Android manufacturer Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google.

However, it was just last Friday, when Motorola and Google filed their own patent suit against Apple, seeking a ban on all Apple devices in the US.… Read the rest

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