Apple Can't Dodge Patent Suit Over 'Home' Button Functions

By Mike LaSusa (March 11, 2019, 7:19 PM EDT) -- Apple Inc. will have to face a suit alleging the "home" button on certain iPhones and iPads infringes patents held by a Korean company, after a California federal judge on Friday shot down the Cupertino-based tech behemoth's bid to have the case dismissed as baseless.

South Korea's Firstface Co. Ltd. won a victory Friday when U.S. District Judge James Donato said the company had shown that its case against Apple has substance. Firstface had alleged willful infringement of one of the three patents at issue, saying it had proposed selling or licensing the patent to Apple in 2015. Judge Donato said...

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