Recently Formed NPE Files Its First Case, Targeting Personal Hotspots

April 25, 2019

Pennsylvania-based WiNet Labs LLC, an entity formed in Wyoming in late March, has filed suit against Apple (3:19-cv-02248) in the Northern District of California. The plaintiff accuses the tech giant of infringing a single patent generally related to a hierarchical protocol for forming an “ad-hoc network”, with infringement allegations focused on the personal hotspot feature offered by certain Apple iOS devices. WiNet Labs further pleads that its predecessor “through an agent, offered to sell the…patent to Apple” unsuccessfully at some point in 2014.

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