Apple Sued – iPhone Caller ID

One Romek Figa claims to have patented a caller ID system that has been infringed by the iPhone.

Figa’s patent, which was granted in 1990, refers to a two-line LCD screen and external caller ID equipment and describes a way to associate incoming numbers with stored contact names.

He is ultimately looking to halt sales of the iPhone and have Apple cough up some hefty wedge and license his patent.  Apple have obviously said………….errrr…no.

According to statements by Figa’s attorneys Moto, Nokia and Samsung have already licensed the patent but Apple “refused to take a license on the terms offered.”

Apparently Figa sent his demand letter directly to Steve Jobs.  Do you reckon that’s the best way to win Apple over?