VoIP-Pal won an ongoing patent lawsuit against Apple on Tuesday at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, meaning the case will return to a lower court,media reported. The patent holder initially filed several lawsuits against Apple, dating back to 2018. The company has filed charges against several of Apple’s platforms, such as FaceTime and iMessage, for infringing on their intellectual property rights.
In this particular case, VoIP-Pal accused Apple of infringing four patents related to the IP voice protocol, which was dismissed by the California District Court in late 2019.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirmed VoIP-Pal’s appeal of the 2019 ruling. Although oral arguments were originally scheduled for 3 November, they were subsequently cancelled.
In its appeal, VoIP-Pal argued that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California had wrongly found its patent claim ineligible and had wrongly dismissed its patent lawsuit. It is understood that the court ruled that “any element of the claim … is not a matter of equivalent to a creative concept. “
In September, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Patent Trial and Appeals Board’s (PTAB) decision to reject Apple’s 2018 request for sanctions, another victory for VoIP-Pal. PTAB initially supported the proposition that VoIP-Pal voice is superior to IP communication patents.
According to the federal circuit court’s ruling, the case will be sent back to the district court for further consideration.