Apple sued over methods for repeat iTunes, App Store sales

Apple, along with more than a dozen other firms conducting e-commerce, have been hit with a lawsuit from a patent trolling claiming first rights to technology that simplifies the re-billing process for repeat customers making purchases through online stores. The 28-page formal complaint was filed late last month by little-known Actus, LCC in its home town of Marshall, Texas, the undisputed patent lawsuit capital of the United States. It alleges that 15 companies, including Apple, Best Buy, and Amazon, are infringing on one or more of several similarly structured patents — No. 7,328,189, No. 7,249,099, No. 7,376,621 and No. 7,177,838 — each of which are titled “Method and apparatus for conducting electronic commerce transactions using electronic tokens.”

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