Apple has more often than not been the party that brings someone else to court, but this time around, they are on the receiving end of a lawsuit after being sued by patent company DSS Technology Management. The reason for this lawsuit? DSS claims that Apple has allegedly infringed a couple of patents of theirs that have something to do with using wireless peripheral devices. Oh yeah, just so that everyone is on the same page, DSS stands for Document Security Systems.
DSS’ accusation would see Apple’s products such as the iMac, Mac mini, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, iPod nano and the upcoming Mac Pro for infringing at least one of their claims in its patents that deliver wireless Bluetooth connectivity to a plethora of peripheral devices. DSS claimed to have obtained a pair of patent portfolios in October from two different owners, and has every intention to make money from their acquisitions via licensing.
The patents are U.S. Patent Nos. 5,699,357 and 6,128,290, where both of them have been described as “Personal Data Network.” DSS is currently suing for damages which could possibly see the inclusion of lost profits, and chances are they would also ask for some royalty from Apple. Apple has remained mum on the situation, however.