If the average patent infringement lawsuit doesn’t excite you, the companies involved in this one may just spark your interest.
Based out of Luxembourg, Core Wireless Licensing S.a.r.l. has claimed that Apple, in regards to the wireless capabilities of several iPhone and iPad models, infringed on eight of its patents.
Things become a bit more complicated when a company more familiar to gamers than Core Wireless becomes invested in the situation. Mosaid Technologies Inc., located in Canada, acquired Core Wireless as well as its over 2,000 patents in September of last year. Nokia Corp. originally filed those patents, which have since been licensed by Microsoft.
According to myfoxboston.com, a spokesman for Microsoft indicated “As part of that transaction, we also received a passive financial interest in future revenue generated by Mosaid from the licensing of those patents to others.”
The other parties involved have declined comment completely, but Core Wireless is seeking an unknown amount of damages in addition to royalties for any product sold in the future that infringes on these patents.
Microsoft’s connection to Core Wireless likely makes this a more prominent case than it would normally be, as Apple has been embroiled in legal disputes over these products in the past. With Core Wireless complaining that everything from models of the iPhone 3G to the iPad 2 infringe, it’s difficult to say how the company’s complaint will alter Apple’s future plans.
The technology behemoth is set to hold an event tomorrow, with rumors abound that the iPad 3 will be revealed. If there is any merit to Core Wireless’ complaint, it is possible this much-hyped product may take a hit from these allegations. The extent of Mircosoft’s involvement, however, has not been explicitly stated, so it remains to be seen how serious an issue this will be for Apple to manage.