Inventor-Controlled NPE Targets “Do Not Disturb” Feature in Apple iOS 11

July 10, 2018

Inventor-controlled SMTM Technology, LLC has filed a new complaint, accusing Apple (3:15-cv-02396) of infringing a single patent generally related to placing a mobile device in an “inactive mode” while paired with a vehicle. The plaintiff briefly asserted the same patent in a barebones, May 2015 complaint filed in the Northern District of California against Microsoft, targeting that company’s Lumia mobile phones; that case was voluntarily dismissed (with prejudice) within one month of its filing. In the new complaint, SMTM Technology’s infringement allegations focus on the “‘Do Not Disturb’ while driving software” within Apple’s iOS 11.

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