Apple Patent Infringement: As if Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is not locked up in enough legal battles right now, the Cupertino-based company now has another situation to deal with. The tech giant is being sued by THX, a sound innovation company claiming that Apple has infringed on its narrow profile speaker patent.
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Bloomberg has discussed the details of the lawsuit in this article. Here is a brief excerpt, explaining exactly what is going on:
“THX holds a 2008 patent for a speaker unit that can boost sound output and attach to computers or flat-screen televisions, according to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in San Jose, California.
Apple products that incorporate the speaker units infringe the THX patent, causing the company “monetary damage and irreparable harm,” according to the lawsuit. The complaint seeks a court order to stop the alleged infringement and a reasonable royalty, or damages to compensate THX for lost profit.”
If you want to learn more about this patent, you don’t have to look any further than this page on the United States Patent website. It is here that you will learn more about the “Narrow profile speaker configurations and systems” which was filed by THX on September 8, 2004.
THX was founded in 2002 by producer George Lucas. While it is difficult to say what the future holds as far as this lawsuit is concerned, it is safe to say that THX will push forward against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).
It is important to note that the company and Apple have a history of working together:
“This year, San Rafael, California-based THX announced its first mobile application, THX tune-up, available in Apple’s iTunes App Store, according to a Jan. 29 statement from THX. The app allows consumers to use an Apple device with the iOS operating system to adjust the performance of televisions, projectors and speakers, according to the statement.”
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