Patent Infringement Claim Against Apple Severed From Complaint, Transferred to Northern District of California


H-W Technology LC is suing Apple and 31 other companies for alleged patent infringement. It is not the first time this nearly unknown company has sued technology companies. The complaint alleges that the 32 companies violated Patent Number 7,525,955, which is described as “Internet protocol (IP) phone with search and advertising capability.”

The case was originally filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in late March of last year. On July 27, 2012, the judge issued an order severing the complaint against Apple, finding that the company was improperly joined as a defendant. Instead of dismissing the claim altogether, as Apple requested, the judge transferred the complaint against Apple to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Other Resources:

Magistrate Judge Ramirez Recommends that H-W Technology’s Patent Claims Against Apple be Severed and Transferred Out of the Northern District of Texas, Northern District of Texas Blog, July 9, 2012

Apple is Dragged into Another Patent Troll Lawsuit, Patently Apple, April 1, 2011

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Read the original complaint in H-W. Technology LC v. Apple Inc. on Justia.