Luxembourg company Core Wireless Licensing is suing Apple in the troll friendly Eastern Texas District Court claiming that it infringed on eight patents related to 2G, 3G and 4G communication protocols.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and future royalty payments for "each and every product sold by Apple in the future that is found to infringe".
However, according to the Wall Street Journal, CWL's key financial backer is none other than the Vole itself which means that if the company collects money from Apple, then Microsoft will be laughing all the way to the bank.
Core Wireless is a patent holding company that obtained its portfolio of 2,000 patents and patent applications from Nokia. Mosaid Technologies bought Core Wireless last September. Microsoft is a beneficiary of the deal, as it then licensed those patents.
Microsoft deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez said that the outfit bought a licence to the Nokia patents now acquired by Mosaid for Microsoft's products and services.
As a result, it also has a passive economic interest in the revenue generated from the licensing of those patents to third parties.
So far, Microsoft and Apple, as proprietary companies, have been working together to club the more open saucey Android to death with patent threats.
It seems that there has been a break down between the two if they are going to start suing each other.