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Singapore Firm Sues Apple for Infringement of Lead-Free Solder Alloy Patent in iPhones

Singapore Firm Sues Apple for Infringement of Lead-Free Solder Alloy Patent in iPhones

Another day, another patent infringement lawsuit against Apple and its iPhone. The latest lawsuit, filed by Singapore Asahi Chemical & Solder Industries PTE Ltd. in an Ohio court, alleges the Cupertino firm infringed on its solder patent in several different models of the popular handset.

AppleInsider:

The latest in a seemingly endless series of patent infringement lawsuit against Apple has been filed in U.S. District Court in Ohio. In it, a Singapore-based concern called Singapore Asahi Chemical & Solder Industries Pte Ltd. alleges that Apple has infringed on its patent for a lead-free solder, in the manufacturing of several products, including the last five iPhones. 

The 2001 patent applies to “solder alloys with improved physical and chemical properties that comprise effective amounts of tin, copper, silver, and bismuth.”

The suit says Apple “is selling certain consumer electronics that incorporate the claimed technology.” The “infringing” iPhone models named in the lawsuit include the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X.

No specific dollar amount was mentioned in the filing, and Asahi is asking for a jury trial, an assessment and award of damages, treble damages, and payment of their legal fees.

The new lawsuit i s just the latest in a continuing series of patent suits filed against Apple, the third since just the beginning of July.

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