updated 02:15 pm EDT, Fri June 1, 2012
Firm sues Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn and others on same day
A new lawsuit has been filed against Apple and its iOS Developer Program for patent infringement. Delaware-based Cathas Advanced Technologies believes the iOS Developer Program infringes on two claims of a patent entitled "Web-Based Design Software for Keep-Alive Boards," according to Patently Apple. Cathas expects a “reasonable royalty” along with a payment with interest for "suffered damages."
The patent in question, number 6,925,445, was originally owned by Delphi Technologies and invented by Branislav Kisacanin. Apple is alleged to have infringed on patent claims 1 and 10, namely "a method for electronically providing customized software to the customer...through a web interface" and "a web-based software delivery system for electronically providing customized software to a consumer."
Cathas has also cited patents it owns in several other lawsuits filed on the same day. The same patent seen in the Apple suit is also being used against Oracle for exactly the same reasons. Suits against Amazon, Expedia, Groupon, LinkedIn, and LivingSocial argue that the defendants utilized patented method for supplying services relating to "supplier branding" over a network, in patent no. 7,412,446. Similar requests relating to compensation are made, along with a demand for trial by jury.