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Noise Free claims Apple snatched its noise-canceling technology, will sue

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Noise Free claims Apple snatched its noise-canceling technology, will sue
Noise Free has a technology which allows for background noise to be filtered out while you are talking on the phone with another party, so street, construction or club sounds don't get in the way of a good conversation.

The company claims it demonstrated what its invention can do to Apple in 2009, supplying them with presentations, schematics, and even a circuit board plus a prototype phone for easier grasp of how things are done. 

Cupertino's engineers ultimately went with Audience for the noise-cancelling duties in the iPhone that year, but filed for a patent in 2010 which Noise Free says mimics precisely the tech they had demonstrated to Apple in the previous year.

Since Apple's chief of mobile phones and tablets was called into the meeting, and the two engineers which were present then were also listed as investors on Apple's patent filing, Noise Free claims this patent contradicts its own “Environmental noise reduction and cancellation for a communications device” filing done way before that.

Noise Free's demand is to cancel Apple's pending patent application, and to ultimately be paid damages, threatening an eventual injunction against Apple's phones and tablets. We doubt things will go that far, but will keep an eye on the developments.

source: GigaOM

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posted on 10 Jul 2012, 02:27 25

1. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Talk about karma.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 02:28 21

2. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Wow, almost all apple-related articles are about patents.. Good job, apple! you care more about patent than to actually make a decent product..

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 02:30 8

3. B3BLW29 (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Calling all Fruit ninjas ..Calling all Fruit ninjas ..
Looks like fruit ninjas wont be joining us for this party...

This is the worst kind of patent infringement.. Lets see what apple has to say

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 02:36 19

4. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


Yes. Finally somebody suing Apple!

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 03:38 13

5. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Wow.. the engineers basically showed them the blueprint of the technology to Apple as a sales pitch, then they have the balls to steal and patent it. Don't be evil Apple.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 05:44 1

7. tedkord (Posts: 4644; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Wireless sync. This is a pattern with Apple.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 05:43 5

6. tedkord (Posts: 4644; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It won't happen, but how funny would it be if they won the suit against Apple, then said they didn't want money, the wanted a ban.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 06:38

8. ibap (Posts: 692; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


What's sauce for the goose...

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 10:11

9. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Hah, how do you like them apples?

Sorry...

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 11:37

10. JessJess (unregistered)


If this is true that's pretty low of Apple.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 11:52

11. skymitch89 (Posts: 1054; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


This just goes to tell people that Apple isn't as innovative as they lead people to believe. Nice to see someone standing up to Apple and decided to at least try an sue them. I bet that Apple will pull pour the FRAND card in their defense again, though.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 12:55 2

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8170; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This really sad.... How the hell is Apple going to get out of this one? Oh yeah, bribe the justice system!

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 14:09

13. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I hate patent wars but this time I hope that rotten apple will taste its own weapon.
They could have dealt with others in a normal way but instead they preferred to start a war. Justice maybe is blind but in the end it gets you. And Nokia has so many patents and has been for so long on the market that Finns really can kick apple's ass.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 22:37

14. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6380; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


CAN WE PLEASE STOP FREAKING talk bout APPLE buying company and then suing. they ARE THE WORST company in the world. now no head phone companies CAN'T use noise cancellation or cellular phone companies? Someone really needs to ban apple from banning others

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 23:59

15. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


noise free just want attention... thats what is wrong with being number 1.. everyone takes shot..

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