Apple sued over 'fast-charge' feature on Apple iPhone 6s

Apple sued over 'fast-charge' feature on Apple iPhone 6s
A company called Somaltus LLC has filed a suit against Apple in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Texas. The company claims that the fast- charge technology used on the Apple iPhone 6s and "any similar device" sold by Apple, infringes on a 2010 patent belonging to Somaltus. With the fast-charge system on the iPhone 6s, charging speeds are maximized when the battery inside the phone drops under 80% capacity; above that level, the charger switches to a slower trickle charge.

Somaltus says that Apple's fast-charge feature infringes on U.S. patent 7,657,386, called "Integrated Battery Service System." From Apple, the company seeks unspecified damages or continuing royalties. Apple isn't the only smartphone company that Somaltus is taking to court over the alleged infringement of this patent. Other companies (in alphabetical order) like Asus, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba have also been sued  over the same technology.


The plaintiff appears to have a game plan in mind; put pressure on the defendant companies and force them to settle. This worked already with Ford and Nissan. Both car manufacturers decided to settle after being sued for allegedly infringing on the same patent. For Somaltus, a settlement means scoring a big pay day without having to put up the money required to take the case to court.

source: MacRumors

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98 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is bs. Just another stupid patent troll.

2. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

well for the past 8 years apple have been suing everybody because of patents ...

31. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Yep they got a great taste of their own medicine!! Karma will bit them in the rear

3. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Apple has agreed to pay $24.9 million to a "patent troll" to end a lawsuit over its Siri voice system. Hahaha, lmfao.

5. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Apple must pay patent-holding company VirnetX $625.6 million (£428 million) for infringing four patents. It's a massive verdict for VirnetX, a company that has no products and makes its money solely through patent litigation. Hahaha lmfaoooooo.

6. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Stupid yes, but Apple themselves are patent trolls. Whole patent system needs to be reformed.

20. cheetah2k

Posts: 2211; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I'm happy for Apple to get trolled. Karma is a b1tch

8. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Seriously? When Apple had the Galaxy Tab banned from sale in Germany due to the shape and look being close to that of the iPad, I spent 5 minutes on Google searching the image section and managed to turn up several devices developed before the iPad that also matched Apples description in their patent. When Samsung tried to counter-sue, they did so over features developed by Samsung that had been made part of the mobile phone standards. At the same time, I also found, on Youtube, a video of Steve Jobs being interviewed years ago explaining how Apple steal all of the best ideas and put them into their products. Jobs explained this with the quote, "good artists copy, great artists steal". Looking back at Apple's history, the original MacOS was taken from Xerox, Tablet PCs existed before the iPad, grids of icons were around before the iPad and Phone and smartphones were invented long before Apple entered that market as did MP3 players. If Apple are good at anything, it isn't innovation, it's taking other people's ideas, making them simple to work and putting them in a pretty box. If there's one thing that puts me off buying Apple it's that this new found desire to throw lawsuits around over trivial and obviously indefensible claims of infringement suggests a lack of actual ideas and a lack of faith in their own products ability to compete in an open market. The mark-up on iProducts is huge and Apple could easily cut their prices and still turn a huge profit, recovering market share in the process but they prefer to hold the premium price.

12. TerryTerius unregistered

Why exactly would Apple want to give up making money in pursuit of marketshare? Unless and until the major profits in smart phones shift away from hardware and towards software, that doesn't make much sense.

21. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Because our genius analysis swears by his frankly naive ideology that companies should "Do the right thing" when making money is involved. Not realizing that if Samsung could ring him dry, they would without hesitation. Companies don't exist to pander to socialists (no disrespect to socialists) they exist to make as much money as possible.

23. TerryTerius unregistered

It would be an entirely different thing if we were talking about necessary products, goods or services or if apple was the only choice for smartphones, laptops, desktops and tablets. But in this case, we're clearly not. So yeah. You know... I am somewhere between a capitalist and a socialist. Just like the US. Just about all of us are, even if most don't realize it. We have been that way for quite some time.

29. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Totally agree. There is no such thing as being completely capitalist or socialist, especially with how complex economic structures have become over the last few centuries. The lines between the two ideologies has been blurred for a long time honestly.

70. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Line or no line. Apple is much more greedy than any others cellphone company thats for sure. Yeah they all in to make money but numbers ( profit margin ect ) speak by itself about apple.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17289; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's amazing how your tune has changed since Apple started getting sued over patent violations. When Apple was doing the suing, you were happy go lucky, loved the patent system. Hypocrite.

40. pagal

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

What is the system of patent ? I still wonder if a North Korean company copy Apple or Samsung ,will they still be able to sue them???????

4. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

yea i guess that 8 years of apple suing companies is turning back on them ... well it wont matter just another small company suing a giant company to get a huge settlement offer it always happens

7. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Didn't realize Apple had fast charge, thought they still had the same 1.0 amp chargers since forever and just benefited from small batteries.

9. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Again!!!

24. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

And again and again!!

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I told you. Ever since they didn't u lock that phone, there would be a lawsuit every month, and there has been one. All phones use a sort of fast charge until the battery is almost full. But with an iPhone taking 3 hours, I don't see any use of a fast charge tech. Maybe everyone will band against them.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21750; Member since: May 28, 2014

Apple is getting sued left and right, lately. Whether this is coming from a patent troll or not, Karma has truly cocked back her pimp hand, added a little baby powder for dramatic effect, and has been repeatedly slapping Apple across the face with it.

13. TerryTerius unregistered

You my friend have beautiful descriptive powers.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21750; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Thank you, my friend.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Overly dramatic if you ask me.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21750; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nobody asked.

64. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Good thing I don't care if they did and just said it anyway.

76. meanestgenius

Posts: 21750; Member since: May 28, 2014

Good thing nobody cares what you have to say.

28. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Dude you forgot your beer to chill out??

65. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I didn't.

34. tedkord

Posts: 17289; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Speaking of baby powder, sounds like you could use some.

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