According to Patent Freedom, a research firm that tracks the activities of patent trolls, Apple is the number 1 target for patent trolls, ahead of other tech giants like HP and Samsung, with 171 lawsuits filed by non-practicing entities (NPEs) in the last five years.
Last year the jury ordered Samsung to pay $1.08 billion in damages to Apple for infringing on several of its patents.
One of those patents wasÂ â€śbounce backâ€ť or â€™381 patent. The bounce back or rubber band effect occurs when you pull content beyond the edges of a touchscreen, release your finger, and document bounces back.
Apple has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that describes a method to remotely enable and disable certain functions of a device based on certain events. The patent is titled â€śApparatus and methods for enforcement of policies upon a wireless deviceâ€ť and was filed in June 2008.
Lodsys, the infamous patent troll that sued a number of iOS developers over their use of Appleâ€™s In-App Purchase API, has agreed to dismiss its suit againstÂ TMSOFT, an iOS and Mac development company. The terms for dismissing the suit were quite different from other settlements, and something youâ€™d not expect at all from a patent troll like Lodsys.