Not Again! Apple’s Latest NPE Lawsuit Headache
A shell company has hit Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) with yet another lawsuit in what appears to be the latest attempt by a non-practicing entity to extract damages from the Cupertino-based company, reports GigaOM. According to business records cited by GigaOM, Remote Locator Systems LLC was recently formed and appears to have conducted no business except for filing lawsuits against Apple, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), and several phone companies.
In its court filing, Remote Locator Systems alleges that “Apple directly or through intermediaries, made, had made, used, imported, provided, supplied, distributed, sold, and/or offered for sale products and/or systems (including at least the Find my Friends and Find my iPhone Applications for iOS) that infringed one or more claims of the ’637 patent.”
The patent in dispute is titled, “Method and apparatus for locating personnel and objects in response to telephone inquiries” and it describes a telephone system that automatically forwards calls to telephones that are closest to a particular individual in a building. The system operates by using stationary receivers that detect transmitters attached to individuals.