Apple Wi-Fi hotspot patent infrigement saga ends with a whimper

After several years of litigation, Apple has withdrawn what was probably its final appeal in a Wi-Fi access point patent infringement case due to a Supreme Court decision.


The original complaint alleged that Apple’s hotspot function violated the intellectual property of IXI Mobile.

The case centered on a specific patent belonging to the late mobile device maker IXI Mobile, focused on wireless access point technology. Apple was hit by a patent infringement lawsuit in 2014 and continued to fight the patent infringement lawsuit until 2020.

But on Monday, Apple filed an unopposed motion with the U.S. Court of Appeal for the federal circuit to voluntarily dismiss its appeals from a 2018 court ruling.

Apple cites the reason for the US Supreme Court decision in “Thryv, Inc. v. Click-To-Call Technologies, LP”.

In April, the Supreme Court essentially solidified certain provisions of the American code which prohibited entities from filing an application for inter partes review more than a year after being prosecuted. In other words, companies that have been the subject of patent lawsuits have only one year to file a request to ask the United States Patent Trademark Office to examine the patentability of intellectual property.

Counsel for Apple filed the voluntary motion on Monday May 4 and noted that the respondent and the intervener opposed it. The Federal Circuit acceded to the request on Thursday, May 7.

With this abandoned appeal and no further inter partes review on the table, it is likely that any court decision in the event of an IXI violation will be final. Apple requested a jury trial in October 2019.

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