Apple's iMessage the Focus of Latest Patent Suit
Apple is getting sued. Again. Also, tomorrow is April 4th.
The latest lawsuit is being lobbed Apple’s way by Mobile Telecommunication Technologies, who claims Apple is infringing on messaging patents the company holds. According to Patently Apple the suit claims Apple’s iMessage, Airport Express, Time Capsule, Airport Extreme, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch infringe on up to seven different patents.
The company, which runs communications service SkyTel, is basically trying to prohibit Apple from offering iMessage and any other messaging service. Apparently Apple’s products are in direct competition with SkyTel’s messaging and paging services. One of the patents published in 1999 covers the "method and apparatus for generating and communication messages between subscribers to an electronic messaging network." Based on that patent it seems Blackberry Messanger, email, and any other subscription based electronic messaging service is covered under the patent.
Perhaps they should have picked a smaller adversary than Apple to go after first and create some legal precedent?
Sources: Patently Apple