Apple has been accused of violating two navigation related patents by its mapping app Apple maps.The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, filed against omnitek, a New Jersey based non practicing entity, targeting Apple's navigation platform. Omnitek owns a number of patents, claiming that Apple maps infringes the technology described in two of the patents: U.S. patent numbers 8645057 and 8224569, respectively.
Both patents focus on software based driving guidelines and detailed methods for providing driving instructions without entering text.
For example, this patented technology allows users to select these locations by clicking, dragging, and other gestures without the need to enter text to represent the starting and ending points of the navigation route. user preferences, such as avoiding toll roads, are also described in the IP.
According to the plaintiff,AppleThe company knowingly and intentionally infringed its intellectual property rights, and its behavior "helped and abetted others to infringe" through advertising or providing user manuals to Apple maps users.
The proceedings required a jury trial and compensation for damages and attorney's fees.