Klausner Sues MetroPCS Over Voicemail Patents
Klausner Technologies today filed a lawsuit against MetroPCS, claiming that the pre-paid carrier is violating some of its 25 visual voicemail patents with its devices and services. Klausner licenses its visual voicemail patents to some 37 hardware makers and network operators around the world. Klausner didn't say if it is seeking damages, an injunction, or if it is demanding a licensing agreement. Klausner has filed similar suits against other smartphone makers and network operators. The suit was filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas.
Ericsson Sues Apple Over Telecom Patents
Ericsson today sued Apple in the U.S. and alleges the iPhone maker is violating multiple wireless patents.
BlackBerry Sues Nokia Over Patents
BlackBerry filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nokia this week. BlackBerry claims Nokia is using its patented technology in select telecommunications equipment that Nokia sells to network operators, such as T-Mobile, without the proper licenses.
Verizon to Delete Its Paid Visual Voicemail Service
Verizon Wireless said it will discontinue its $2.99 Visual Voicemail service come July 8. All customers who use the Visual Voicemail app will be transitioned to Verizon's free, basic voicemail service.
Immersion Hits Apple with 3D Touch Lawsuit
Immersion has filed multiple lawsuits against Apple and AT&T, claiming the two violate its haptic feedback patents. Specifically, Immersion believes the Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, Apple Watch, Watch Sport, and Watch Edition make use to two patents pertaining to "haptic feedback system with stored effects" and "method and apparatus for providing tactile sensations." The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are further accused of infringing a third patent for "interactivity model for shared feedback on mobile devices" — or 3D Touch, the defining feature of the two phones.