While Apple and Samsung are in a giant patent lawsuit with Apple claiming Samsung stole their design, Apple is in another court case; but this time, Apple is getting sued. Recently, a Taiwanese man, under the surname Lee, is claiming that Apple’s video calling service, known as FaceTime, is infringing to the company’s “voice network personal digital assistant” technology. Lee discovered this the violation after using the FaceTime function that he purchased recently in Zheijiang.
Lee said that he first patented the “voice network personal digital assistant” technology in 2003 to stop making international calls to his company, patents, and friends. He said that since he traveled to various cities for work, he always made international calls back home. At the time, the patent belonged to the company Lee was working for; though, for some reason, the patent was transferred under his name subsequently.
It is just barely a month after the China iPad trademark dispute with Proview (which resulted in a $60 million payout).
Though Apple is facing another lawsuit in Asia, there are four more ongoing lawsuit in China: Jiangsu Xuebao, a Chinese Household Chemical Company, is suing Apple over the Apple’s Snow Leopard operating software; Zhizhen Network Technology and Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University is suing Apple over the patent infringement on Siri.
As of right now, the person has taken the case to the Intermediate People’s Court in Zhenjiang and is asking Apple to stop the violation. The Intermediate People’s Court in Zhenjiang has confirmed and accepted the case on July 31, 2012. As of right now, the court and large news sources in Asia has contacted Apple concerning the patent infringement and Apple has yet to respond with the issue.