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Patent trollin’: Apple sued for selling smart water bottles

Thursday July 22, 2021. 03:41 AM , from Mac Minute
Another day, another lawsuit. And this one is a doozy: Xennial IP LLC — a “patent troll” in my opinion — is suing Apple for selling smart water bottles that connect to smartwatches like an Apple Watch.
AppleInsider says the lawsuit alleges that the tech giant violates two patents involving a “communicative sports water bottle” that can connect to a smart device and track health metrics like water intake.
Of course, Apple doesn’t make such a device. It’s “mistake” seems to be in selling the HidrateSpark devices that can connect to an Apple Watch, monitor liquid intake and set daily goals.
I’d say there’s a snowball’s chance in hell of the Xennial lawsuit succeeding. It’s just a waste of time for our court systems.
A patent troll is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling competition or launching patent infringement suits. In legal terms, a patent troll is a type of non-practicing entity: someone who holds a patent but is not involved in the design or manufacture of any product or process associated with that patent.
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