Apple, Sprint, Verizon and Samsung Hit with False Marking Patent Lawsuit

Submitted by patentadmin on Mon, 07/26/2010 - 10:27

July 26, 2010 - Continuing our coverage of qui tam lawsuits over false marking, we report that an organization called Americans for Fair Patent Use (AFPU) filed a false marking lawsuit this month against Apple, Verizon Wireless, Samsung Telecommunications America and Sprint Nextel Corp.

The complaint was brought under the False Marking Statute.

The plaintiff asserts that Apple used expired patent numbers in the documentation for the iPhone, iPod Touch, fifth- and sixth-generation iPod classics and the third-, fourth- and fifth-generation iPod nano, and that the false marking was done "with the intent to deceive the public about the patent coverage for their products."