Judge: Uniloc can’t view Apple’s iOS or watchOS source code

Apple doesn't have to hand over the entire source code to iOS or watchOS, a California federal judge ruled Monday in Uniloc's patent suit against the tech giant, because the claims relate “solely” to a patent for a step counter, reports Law360.

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Uniloc, a “patent troll,” has sued Apple repeatedly, claiming various patent infringements on Macs, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Apple Watches. Uniloc even asked to see the source code to iOS or watchOS. But that’s not going to happen.

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.