imessageThere are advantages and disadvantages of being such a big corporation like Apple. The advantage is that you have brand recognition and everyone pretty much knows about you. The disadvantage is that because everyone knows about you that you can sometimes end up being the target of lawsuits because some people think you have the money to spare.

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That being said, it looks like Apple has recently been hit with a lawsuit in which they are being sued for $2.8 billion for allegedly infringing on a patent. The company filing the lawsuit is a company called VoIP-Pal. They are claiming that they own a patent that Apple has infringed upon via services such as iMessage and FaceTime.

According to the lawsuit, “Apple employs VPLM’s innovative technology and products, features, and designs, and has widely distributed infringing products that have undermined VPLM’s marketing efforts. Instead of pursuing independent product development, Apple employed VPLM’s innovative caller attribute classification and routing product design, in violation of VPLM’s valuable intellectual property rights.”

The company also claims that they are trying to negotiate with Apple in order to reach an amicable resolution (read: settlement). They are also going after the likes of AT&T and Verizon, with lawsuits totaling a ridiculous amount of money of $7 billion.

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