Here in the States, it wouldn’t be a complete day without hearing about another lawsuit in the IP world. The latest patent infringement suit comes from some outfit that calls themselves Intellect Wireless. The suit calls into play a handful of patents, one of which is in regard to Caller ID. Now, we’ve seen this before from another company (suing Apple), but this time around, the suit comes from a different firm and is suing different companies.
The suit was filed in Chicago against T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular, Virgin Mobile USA, and Helio – claiming that the carriers infringed on some Intellect-owned patents regarding “wireless image messaging.” Three patents are in question and all were issued in 1997 – more than a decade ago.
On patent relates to technology that would enable a “Picture Phone with Caller ID” and the other two separate patents at hand are entitled “Method and Apparatus for Improved Paging Receiver and System.”
We’ll see how this one plays out. That Caller ID patent sounds like a winner – but then why would Intellect choose to sue these particular carriers? Have all other carriers entered into licensing agreements?