Another day, another lawsuit. As noted by Patently Apple, a company called Nova Intellectual Solutions of Texas has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple using a Novatel Wireless patent that they've acquired.
Nova Intellectual Solutions — regarded as a “patent troll” — claims Apple violated patent number 8,208,517 for “systems and methods for a multi-mode wireless modem.” Here’s the summary of the patent: “A multi-mode modem comprises a first device configured to communicate with a first communication system, a second device configured to communicate with a second communication system, a processor communicatively coupled the first and second devices, and a control function configured to place the device in one of the following communication modes: 1) communication with the first communication system; 2) communication with the second communication system; 3) simultaneous communication with both the first and second communication systems; or 4) gateway communication between the first and second communication systems.”
A patent troll is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling competition or launching patent infringement suits. In legal terms, a patent troll is a type of non-practicing entity: someone who holds a patent but is not involved in the design or manufacture of any product or process associated with that patent.