SmartData Files Lawsuit Against Apple Over iPhone, Apple TV

In a recent development, Swiss firm SmartData has accused Apple of infringing on its patent concerning a “modular computer” concept, which it claims is used in products like the Apple TV, iPhone, and the Remote app.

As noted by Electronista, SmartData, which reportedly does not have any products in the market or client base, appears to be leveraging its patent holdings in pursuit of revenue.

Discussions for a licensing agreement between SmartData and Apple reportedly commenced around 2004 but came to an unexpected halt in 2006.

The nature of SmartData’s claim is considered by some to be weak, as the specifics of the patent do not seem to directly correlate with the functionalities of Apple’s offerings.


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