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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