The lovely, shiny iPhone. Why would anyone want to do it any harm? Well, if you feel it’s nicked a bit of your technology without paying you what that’s worth, maybe you would take a pop at it. That’s certainly what Klausner Technologies believes…
Apple’s not the only one in the dock, though.
"The iPhone violates Klausner’s intellectual property rights by allowing the user to selectively retrieve voice messages via the iPhone’s inbox display," a company statement said.
The New York-based firm claims that internet voicemail services run by the other companies named in the court filing also use its technology without licence.
So should the companies accused of patent breach be worried?
Both companies ended up settling the cases with Klausner and licensing its technology.
“We have litigated this patent successfully on two prior occasions, said Greg Dovel, counsel for Klausner Technologies at law firm Dovel & Luner.
"With the signing of each new licensee, we continue to receive further confirmation of the strength of our visual voicemail patents.”
Seems like Dovel and Klausner might be the first people outside Apple and its mobile partners to truly figure out how to make money from the iPhone.