Another day, another lawsuit. Uniloc, a “patent troll,” is suing Apple for patent infringements involving the Messages and the iMesssage back-end service, reports AppleInsider.
In a lawsuit filed in the lawsuit friendly Eastern Texas District Court, Uniloc claims that Apple has violated three of its VoIP patents. instant voice messaging system capable of delivering digitized audio files from one user to another via an offsite server. Apple's implementation uses similar technology to record short audio snippets in the Messages app, route the resulting data file through its cloud-based iMessage service and ultimately deliver the message to an end user for in-app playback.
VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a method for taking analog audio signals, like the kind you hear when you talk on the phone, and turning them into digital data that can be transmitted over the Internet. It can turn a standard Internet connection into a way to place free phone calls
Uniloc is a computer security and copy protection software company founded in Australia in 1992 that develops "try and buy" software distributed via magazines and preinstalled on new computers. It’s best known for its controversial patent lawsuits.