Taiwan university sues Apple over patent infringement -- again

The National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan initially sued the iPhone maker in 2012, and has now taken aim at the company for its video compression technology.

FaceTime is the focus of the university's latest lawsuits.
FaceTime is the focus of the university's latest lawsuit against Apple. Apple

Apple has been sued by a Taiwan-based university for the second time.

The company on Friday was hit with a lawsuit by the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan related to a patent the university owns on video compression technology. The complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, claims that Apple's use of video compression technology in its FaceTime video-chatting feature, as well as QuickTime, violates the university's patent.

The university last year hit Apple with a patent-infringement lawsuit over the company's use of Siri and voice-to-text functionality. As with the previous lawsuit, the university this time around is asking for damages and Apple to stop selling products that use FaceTime or QuickTime. In other words, the university is asking for Apple to stop selling just about all of its products.

Apple is certainly no stranger to patent lawsuits. The company has both launched suits against other companies or had them foisted upon its own products. So far, very little has come from any of those suits.

(Via Patently Apple)

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