Apple Pulled to Court by Personal Audio, Again

Patent troll Personal Audio has filed a patent infringement against Apple yet again, having won $8 million in damages back in 2009.

The suit, which has again been filed in East Texas, claims that Apple’s iPod Nano Generation 6, iPod Shuffle Generation 4, iPod Touch Generation 4, iPhone 4, and iPad 2 products violate a bunch of its patents related to downloadable playlists.

In the previous lawsuit, filed in 2009, the non-practising company had targeted the iPod Classic Generations 1 through 6, iPod Mini Generations 1 and 2, and iPod Nano Generations 1 through 5, patent expert Florian Mueller explains in a blog post.

The company, which had won $8 million in the previous lawsuit, is clearly looking to build on the success of the previous lawsuit and target newer and more successful Apple products, looking for another big pay day.

“This new lawsuit is more than just a nuisance for Apple to deal with. Damages in connection with the iPhone and iPad could be substantially greater than in the previous trial that focused just on various iPod products,” Mueller said.

“Also, Personal Audio LLC may now have an even better case for claiming wilful infringement -- and one of Personal Audio LLC's prayers for relief is a request for an injunction,” he added.