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THX says to patents, "I am your father" and sues Apple for infringing on them

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If you've ever gone to the movies, you might be familiar with the THX name and logo. The company was founded by George Lucas, although no longer owned by him, and makes audio solutions so that sounds for pictures like Star Wars could be heard in theaters. The company is getting involved in our national pastime: suing or getting sued by Apple. In this case, it is the former with THX alleging that Apple used THX's technology without bothering to obtain a license to do so.

The patents in question are for a speaker unit that boost sound output. THX was awarded a patent on the technology in 2008 and Apple is allegedly using it on the Apple iPhone, Apple iPad and other devices. THX is seeking money to compensate for missed royalties owed it, payment for damages and a sales ban on offending Apple devices. If the court were to find in favor of THX, in theory the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad could be banned from sales in the U.S.

Neither company would comment outside of THX which simply said that this was a "pending legal matter".

source: electronista

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posted on 16 Mar 2013, 01:28 34

1. irwan92 (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Feb 2013)


slumm the apple until it ducks into water. Hope it have waterproof certification :p

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 01:37 1

6. hung2900 (Posts: 956; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Shiips still think Apple is innovate only , SS is always a copycat
But the fact SS is no where near Apple.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 11:07 20

44. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Steve Jobs "innovation": Lets take a bunch of existing technologies and steal, copy or buy them and put them in a phone.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 12:39 2

55. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


^This right here.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 22:46

75. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 180; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


hahahahahahah so true

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 04:49 2

77. ImQ009 (Posts: 41; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


Fanboy detected

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 01:28 47

2. SamsungTheSavior (banned) (Posts: 19; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Amazing news. Make them bankrupt!

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 02:26 13

13. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Yup, I agree. Apple deserves it, but the word "bankrupt" is a little bit harsh.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 13:21

81. ktime (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Dec 2012)


Sue Apple, the Master of Thief

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 02:50 15

16. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Your username bro lol wow....

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 09:46 1

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 22132; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Bro that username has corrupted fanboy written all over it. He then says stuff like "make them bankrupt". As if THX is actually gonna bankrupt apple. That would be like the .99 cent store bankrupting Bloomingdales...not gonna happen.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 09:49 4

33. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


I don't think any reasonable person is going to wish bankruptcy on anyone or anything personally. That said, if Apple has been using THX's patents in all of their mobile products as THX claims, this could very well put a big hurt on Apple's pocketbook.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 09:51 5

34. darkkjedii (Posts: 22132; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


As it should bro. Apple should have to pay what they owe plain, and simple. Fair is fair...

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 10:28 6

39. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Are you trying to say that THX is a .99 cents store ? As much as unpopular it is, THX it's still a big company. It won't bankrupt Apple but banning iPhone and iPad seems good to me LOL

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 11:29 1

48. darkkjedii (Posts: 22132; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Quite naturally I'm using it as a comparison. I however don't wanna see anything that benefits people banned. If you simply wanna be childish with your comments, and the only thing you wanna see are green thumbs... Please avoid my posts

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 20:47

74. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


well, i believe the court won't allow iPhone or iPad to be banned. but certainly, this is a punch back for apple. just try to remember how many phones did apple try to ban because of some idiotic patents ?

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 15:22

65. lyndon420 (Posts: 4564; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I agree. I think this back and fourth stuff would stop once apple's market value falls back to a more reasonable 5-9th place on a global scale.

Google would be kicking their a$$ of course.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 01:29 20

3. daddysbeenabadgirl (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


Karma.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 01:30 4

4. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


When it rains it pours, on Apple. Time to switch to Dr. Dre... HHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA. hehehe

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 01:37 19

5. 8logic (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


"The company is getting involved in our national pastime: suing or getting sued by Apple" LMAO
but, great news!!!!!!

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 01:54

7. nicholassss (Posts: 368; Member since: 10 May 2012)


Tomlinson Holman

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 02:00 8

8. MobileJunkieJr (Posts: 46; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


"If the court were to find in favor of THX, in theory the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad could be banned from sales in the U.S."
Me likes that!

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 14:27

63. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


No my lord c'mon sound is such a small component that went into building this iCON (ic) Phone is what MyxTyxPyx would say in court ... and court would never ban as it would against the principle of natural justice to ban an American company's product in America :)

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 02:05 13

9. MartianMe (unregistered)


This is so ridiculous ....but apple deserves it.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 02:07 9

10. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


This is fun :)

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 02:22 9

11. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 256; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


“The Force is strong with this one.”
and
“Use the Force, Apple.”

Sorry I couldn't help myself.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 18:12

69. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


So are you saying that apple is supposedly the beleaguered hero?

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 18:51

72. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 256; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Well no, I thought that the reference to George Lucas and of course Star Wars would be amusing.

I think Apple’s position on paying royalties is the same as their policy for charitable donations and that’s they would never give one cent/penny away, unless they were compelled in doing so.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 02:24 4

12. CoveyD (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


Sadly, as much as I despise Apple's overall marketing strategy, as well as their "innovation", Apple is an American company, so I for one hope that this does not create a problem selling these phones on home soil, our economy is still terrible, and taking a blow like that might be enough to push us back 10 years. Im an Android/WP fan, and I like seeing Apple get a taste of their own medicine as much as possible, but unfortunately this would be a big hit to the American economy as well.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 02:46 3

15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Apple will just have to tap some of its hoard of cash. Egos being bruised are harder to soothe, however.

Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

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