Another day, another 30 lawsuits for Apple (okay, counting the 16 we reported on this morning, it’s 17 lawsuits). AppleInsider reports a company called Red Rock Analytics alleges all of Apple’s Wi-Fi-enabled products infringe a patent covering transceiver technology in Wi-Fi chips.
The U.S. patent, No. 7,346,313 — “Calibration of I-Q Balance in Transceivers” — was issued to Red Rock in March 2008, and any Apple product compatible with 802.11n or later is in violation, according to a complaint submitted through a U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. That district is a notorious venue for patent lawsuits, since it has relatively little other traffic and its judges are thought to be friendly to patent holders.
Red Rock is asking for attorney fees and damage compensation, along with pre- and post-judgement interest. They would also like an injunction against further infringement.
It’s not certain whether Red Rock is an active mobile technology company or if it is a patent troll who buys patents for the sole purpose of filing lawsuits like this. We do know the firm is based in Swampscott, Mass., and that it previously launched an Eastern District of Texas lawsuit against Samsung over the same patent. Samsung is reported to have filed a countersuit.