AT&T sued for $1.35 billion over allegations of stealing patented “twinning” technology

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A Seattle-based firm has filed a lawsuit towards telecommunications large AT&T Inc, for allegedly stealing its patented “twinning” technology, that enables a number of units similar to watches and tablets reply to calls positioned to a single cellphone quantity.

Network Apps LLC alleges that AT&T deserted joint improvement and licensing agreements for its technology in 2014 after realizing it will owe a “fortune” in royalties as a result of the market for sensible units was exploding, solely to then incorporate the technology a 12 months later in its personal product, NumberSync.

Network Apps, previously known as Mya Number, stated AT&T has not paid required royalties since October 2015.

Reuters reported that Network Apps LLC filed a criticism on Tuesday in a Manhattan federal court docket towards AT&T that alleges the NumberSync product is identical as its personal technology merely with “cosmetic changes.”

“Our technology is an eloquent solution for a critical problem at a critical time in the industry,” stated Network Apps co-founders John Wantz and Kyle Schei in a joint assertion, in response to Reuters. According to Wantz and Schei, that they had been pressured to downscale their firm’s operations because of “AT&T’s decision to steal our technology.”

According to AT&T’s website, NumberSync lets shoppers make and obtain calls on smartwatches, tablets, computer systems and appropriate Alexa-enabled units with out having to obtain appsor have interaction in “call-forwarding acrobatics.”

Network Apps LLC  is in search of at the least $450 million of damages, which it says needs to be multiplied by three for a complete of $1.3 billion to mirror AT&T’s alleged “willful and egregious infringement,” plus royalties for any future infringements.

AT&T stated in an announcement it would evaluation the lawsuit when obtained and reply in court docket

This will not be the primary time AT&T has confronted a significant lawsuit. In 2019, the Dallas-based firm paid $60 million in settlement to the Federal Trade Commission over allegations of deceptive shoppers with “unlimited data” claims.

The quantity was used to supply partial or full refunds to the affected customers who signed up for limitless plans however as an alternative had their knowledge speeds “throttled” — or decreased.