Ethernet Patents

Apple, Others Hit With Lawsuit On Ethernet Patents

A patent troll has gotten hold of fundamental Ethernet patents and is wielding them broadly. Three guesses which US Appeals Court the lawsuit was filed in. “A Texas company has targeted a number of technology companies, including Apple, in a new lawsuit regarding a handful of computer networking patents issued in the 1990s. … 3Com Corporation was granted four patents from 1994 to 1998 pertaining to network adapters. Two deal with the automatic initiation of data transmission, and one addresses ‘host indication optimization.’ … The company’s Web site states that U.S. Ethernet Innovations was founded ‘to continue 3Com Corporation’s successful licensing program related to a portfolio of foundational patents in Ethernet technology.’ A press release from the company states that it is the ‘owner of the fundamental Ethernet technology developed and sold by 3Com Corporation in the 1990s,’ suggesting it purchased the patents. … In addition to Apple, the lawsuit names Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, Hewlett Packard, Sony, and Toshiba as defendants.”

(Via Slashdot: Apple.)