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Apple Sued by Patent Holder Over IPhone Caller-ID Technology

Apple Inc., fighting to protect sales of the iPhone worldwide, was sued by a U.S. company contending its products infringe two patents for caller-identification technology.

Cequint Inc. of Seattle, a unit of data-network servicer TNS Inc. of Reston, Virginia, seeks unspecified damages and a court order to stop Apple’s use of the inventions, according to a complaint yesterday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware.

“Cequint has been damaged by Apple’s infringement” and “will be irreparably harmed” unless stopped by a judge, Cequint’s lawyers said in the complaint.

Apple, of Cupertino, California, has been battling companies such as Samsung Electronics Co. and HTC Corp. over patents for mobile telephones and tablet computers.

Apple spokesman Colin Smith didn’t immediately return phone and e-mail messages seeking comment on the lawsuit.

The case is Cequint Inc. v. Apple Inc., U.S. District Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

To see the patents, click: 7,200,212 and 6,353,664.

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