Apple sued over its ‘Personal Hotspot’ feature in iPhones, iPads

Another day, another lawsuit. AppleInsider reports that Wyoming-based WiNet Labs, is suing Apple for allegedly infringing on a networking patent with its “Personal Hotspot” feature found in iPhone and iPad. 

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It involves Patent No. 7,593,374, “Multi-to-multi point ad-hoc wireless data transfer protocol,” WiNet is seeking a jury trial, with the ultimate goal of “a fair and reasonable royalty,” “treble damages,” and pre- and post-judgment interest “at the maximum rate allowed by law.”

A Personal Hotspot lets you share the cellular data connection of your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) when you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi network. You can connect to a Personal Hotspot using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB.