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Apple sued by Ameranth over Passbook

Hospitality software firm is not so hospitable
Tue Oct 02 2012, 16:05
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SOFTWARE SHOP Apple is being sued by Ameranth, a developer of software for the hospitality and gaming industries.

Ameranth wears its patents on its sleeve and on its homepage, and is suing Apple to protect four of them. It is going after Passbook, the fruit themed firm's ticketing service that appears in IOS 6, according to Apple Insider.

In a complaint it said that its "visionary" intellectual property has been around since the late 1990s and has become widely adopted and celebrated by the travel industry.

Apparently it has not always been adopted fairly, at least according to Ameranth, and in court papers it said that it was suing other firms for infringing its patents.

In Apple's case the patent infringement is knowing and willful, it says, and has cost it profits that it otherwise would have made. Thus, it says, Apple should be punished. Accordingly, Ameranth is seeking triple damages and attorneys fees.

At issue are the patents 6,384,850, 6,871,325, 6,982,733, and 8,146,077. Ameranth details them on its homepage, saying that they relate to the restaurant business, ordering and wireless payment processing.

Apple would not comment, and we are still waiting to hear from Ameranth. µ


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