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Apple sues makers of inferior quality accessories

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Apple sues makers of inferior quality accessories
Apple's attorneys have sprung into action again, sliding down the Bat-pole and changing into their three-piece power suits. This time, it is all being done for you. The Cupertino-based tech giant is suing those companies that are making unauthorized accessories for the iTrio (iPhone, iPod and iPad). Not surprisingly, many of the unauthorized accessories are also inferior, a claim Apple makes in its suit. For example, the company claims that when it comes to these products, "Many are of inferior quality and reliability, raising significant concerns over compatibility with and damage to Apple’s products." In the lawsuit, Apple cites the story of one iPod user who bought a third party battery charger that drained his battery instead of refreshing it.

According to Kaufman Brothers analyst Shawn Wu, Apple currently has a program that gives accessory makers a license to manufacture official products in exchange for a 20% to 25% royalty from each sale. The lawsuit claims that at least 10 firms are infringing on Apple patents while trademarks are being violated.  Mark Kesslen is chairman of the intellectual property group at New York-based law firm Lowenstein Sandler PC. He has represented companies that applied for a license with Apple to sell officially authorized accessories. Kesslen said, "They are trying to control all aspects of their devices,” he said,  "They are using the various licensing agreements, partner agreements and brand management to make sure that it stays within their high standard."

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on July 22nd and names 6 defendants in California and 1 in Washington. Apple says it could name 20 more companies that made the unlicensed products. However, as Mr. Kesslen points out, when keeping control over your products or acting in an anti-competitive manner, "There is a very fine line," he says,"You have to be very careful."

source: Bloomberg via AppleInsider

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:47

1. trentsinmypants (Posts: 324; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)

Wow...a 20-25% royalty fee per unit sold? Apple sure knows how to rake in the monies...... Since most of the 3rd party accessories come from China, how is Apple going to sue them? I thought US patents were only valid in, well, the US. Am I wrong?

posted on 02 Aug 2010, 16:18

7. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)

.... ......... ............ .......Trent is my name (too)......... :]

posted on 02 Aug 2010, 13:40

2. alex_a (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Aug 2009)

Every day I read about Apple and iPhone, I want to buy it (iPhone) less and less. I won't give up my MB Pro, but iPhone is not my next phone.

posted on 02 Aug 2010, 15:22

3. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)

Maybe apple should look inward regarding inferior products before they jump on others.... Pricks.

posted on 02 Aug 2010, 16:50

9. lovebuzz (Posts: 76; Member since: 21 Oct 2009)

Lol love your comment narley. I think they're still stuck on trying to distract from their own problems. I wish someone in their company would wake up and realize how pathetic and cheapened they are selling themselves. It's really a joke, since none of this would ever have been as big of a deal if they had just been honest with their consumers. I would think that they would want to treat their customers with as high standards as they pretend to hold their products too.. I think they want to give customers the death grip as well :). Have they not heard of just a simple We're Sorry?? Goes to show how inflated their heads are. I bet their corp headquarters smells like farts.

posted on 02 Aug 2010, 22:57

10. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

I don't know about that. This has been a problem for years when people try buying an aftermarket charger and it literally frying their devices after one charge. Not just Apple products, but all kinds of laptop, MP3, and cellphone chargers. These chargers/accessories have been screwing folks over for years and costing consumers a ton of cash. I'm with Apple on this. I wish there was some standard...

posted on 02 Aug 2010, 15:28

4. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)

Instead of suing the little guys why not sue your antenna engineers?

posted on 02 Aug 2010, 16:01

5. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)

Before suing more ppl, at least get your antenna issue solved first..

posted on 02 Aug 2010, 16:07

6. Vegas89 (Posts: 51; Member since: 15 Mar 2010)

Wooohooo another apple is suing somebody article. Boring, wake me when apple does something different, like say admit to they're own F ups for once....Zzzzzzzzz

posted on 02 Aug 2010, 16:40

8. breal525 (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 May 2010)

Viva La Android!!

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