As if Apple’s legal team didn’t have enough to be getting on with. In the midst of the company’s legal battle with Samsung, a Taiwanese man has accused Apple’s FaceTime service of infringing a patent he owns.
At the beginning of the month, Apple was able to settle its iPad trademark dispute with China-based Proview after paying-out a massive $60 million. Also recently, Siri – the company’s virtual assistant, available for the iPhone 4S and third-gen iPad – has been causing the Cupertino, Calif. company’s legal team grief due to the
poor functionality of the service.
Now, a new case has come to light: a Taiwanese man, whose surname is “Lee,” insists that FaceTime infringes on a patent he owns for “voice network personal digital assistant” technology.
The man, whose surname is Lee, is reportedly not seeking specific compensation yet, but he has taken his case to the Intermediate People’s Court in Zhenjiang and is asking Apple to cease the violation.
It’s said that Lee’s patent was first owned by a former employer, although it has since been transferred to him. His lawyer claims that he developed it to help reduce the need for the expensive overseas calls which he regularly incurred through work.
It could be that this case disappears without trace, but if any further news hits the Web regarding Mr. Lee’s claims, we’ll be sure to let you know.