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Apple Accused of Copying, Removing Email App From Store

Oct. 4, 2019, 7:06 PM

Apple Inc. allegedly copied a developer’s patented messaging technology for its “Sign In With Apple” feature, then removed the developer’s app from the App Store to stifle competition, a new lawsuit filed in Delaware federal court alleges.

Apple infringes Blix Inc.'s patent covering a method for letting parties communicate using public email addresses without revealing private email information, according to an Oct. 4 complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Blix says it released the BlueMail app in 2014, and it became “one of the top three email applications on Android, with over one million downloads...

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