Feeds

TracBeam sues Apple over location

Find my troll

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

TracBeam, which earlier this year sued Google and Ericsson over location technology, has launched against Apple on the same grounds.

The company's complaint alleges that Cupertino is infringing four of its patents covering using base station signals to estimate the location of mobile phones.

The patents (listed in full at the end of the story) cover the use of reflected signals from one base station to work out where a mobile handset is, the use of multiple base stations to estimate locations, and gateways implementing the technology. Most of the patents date to the latter half of the 1990s, and were issued between 2007 and 2011.

As always in such cases, TracBeam wants money and an injunction preventing the sale of infringing devices. These, the company says, include the company's location service for iOS and Mac OS, along with a list of apps that covers “Maps, Siri, Safari, Find My iPhone, Camera, and the iAds network”.

The filing notes that TracBeam has also filed against AT&T and T-Mobile, and that Google recently settled its case.

The patents in the filing against Apple are US patents 7,298,327, 7,525,484, 7,764,231, and8,032,153.

The case is being heard in the US District Court of the Eastern District of Texas. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't
Silicon Valley's veteran seadog in piratical Putin impression
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.