MemoryWeb sues Apple over Photos app ‘Places’ and ‘People’ tech

MemoryWeb, developer of a photo organizer app, claims Apple’s Photos and supporting services infringe on patents covering methods of organizing and viewing a photographic archive based on properties like location, tagged people and other identifiers.

MemoryWebLodged with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas on Tuesday, MemoryWeb’s suit alleges Apple’s Photos apps in iOS and macOS infringe on patents that “allow[] people to organize, view, preserve these files with all the memory details captured, connected and vivified via an interactive interface.”The company asserts U.S. Patent Nos. 9,552,376, 10,423,658, 10,621,228 and 11,017,020, an IP clutch that details methods of organizing photographs by tags and metadata for later recall. The patents were respectively granted in 2017, 2019, 2020 and, most recently, today.

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