Apple ‘Personal Hotspot’ Patent Infringement Case Dropped

March 27, 2020, 8:38 PM

WiNet Labs LLC dropped claims that Apple Inc.‘s “Personal Hotspot” technology, which allows users to turn their cell phones into Wi-Fi hotspots, infringes one of its patents.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California had dismissed WiNet’s initial complaint in January, which it amended and refiled in February. WiNet’s Thursday filing stipulated to dismissal of the case with prejudice.

WiNet had sued Apple for infringing U.S. Patent No. 7,593,374, covering a wireless communication system that creates an ad hoc wireless network. Apple’s Personal Hotspot feature allows users to share a device’s cellular data connection when a...

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