Next Patent Lawsuit for Apple, targeting iPhone Caller ID Tool

Seattle based company, Cequint, has filed a suit against Apple for infringing two patents relating to caller identification technology.

For the moment, there is no information about the compensatory damages demanded, but Cequint's lawyers explained that the company "will be irreparably harmed" if the court doesn't take action, Total Telecom reports. The complainant is also seeking an injunction to prevent the iPhone-maker using its inventions, Bloomberg reported yesterday.

Cequint, which is a unit of data-network servicer TNS of Reston, filed the lawsuit against Apple on Monday in a federal court in Delaware. The Seattle Company asked for a jury trial in the hope of protecting its technology.

Cequint explained that many leading companies in the industry employ its identification technology used to display a caller's location, and that Apple's iPhones and iOS 5 is damaging Cequint's business.

It is not the first time Apple has been accused of free-riding another company's technology. The Cupertino-based giant is engaged in legal battles over patent infringement rights all over the world. Rivals such as Samsung Electronics and HTC made similar claims, or conversely, have been sued themselves by Apple over patents used in tablets and smartphones.

For the moment, Apple's representatives haven't issued an official statement on this matter.