Apple sued for patent infringement involving digital media transfer protocols

Another day, another lawsuit. A company called Papst is suing Apple for patent infringement. If I’m counting correctly, this is the 11th lawsuit (two involving Wi-Fi Assist and two involving Shanda Games) filed against Apple this year.

As reported by AppleInsider, Papst Licensing, German patent holdings firm, has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alleging that Apple violates four of its patents that deal with digital media transfer protocols. As a patent monetization entity (some folks call such entities “patent trolls”), Papst is assigned intellectual property and enforces it, in court if necessary, as patent holder. 

On Nov. 30, it was reported that Deric White, 68, of Long is suing Apple for “wiping away his life” when he took his iPhone 5 to an Apple Store for repair — and didn’t back up his data.

Last month Apple was hit with a second class action lawsuit claiming that the company failed to properly warn users that the new Wi-Fi Assist feature in iOS 9 will use data from their cellular plan. It was the second lawsuit of its kind this year.

In September plaintiffs William Scott Phillips and Suzanne Schmidt Phillips sued Apple alleging that because of costs related to Wi-Fi Assist, the "overall amount in controversy exceeds" $5 million. Plaintiff William B. Cottrell has sued for basically the same thing in a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. 

A new class action lawsuit in July accused Apple of breaching contract by failing to provide new — or "equivalent to new" — devices when offering up replacement hardware under AppleCare+ warranties.

Probendi, an Irish software development studio, has filed an urgent procedure with a court in Milan protesting Apple’s use of the term "iWatch" in its ads.

In July Apple was sued by Shanghai Shulong Computer Technology (the parent company of Shanda Games) for alleged copyright infringement of The King Of Adventure, a mobile game sold in the Apple App Store. In June Shanda Games sued Apple, Huawei, and Beijing Zhuoyi Xunchuang Technology for unfair competition.

Comarco Wireless Technologies is suing Apple for patent infringement, claiming that the Cupertino, California-based company’s iPhone/iPad chargers infringe on its own patents. And battery manufacturerA123 Systems is suing the Cupertino, California-based company for “poaching employees."