Immersion sues Apple over 3D Touch and other haptic technology

Immersion sues Apple over 3D Touch and other haptic technology
Immersion, a San Jose-based company that has been developing haptic tech since 1993, has recently filed suit against Apple for intellectual property infringement. According to Immersion, Apple's recent iPhones and all of the Apple Watches infringe on not one but several of its haptic feedback patents.

The plaintiff says that the 3D Touch / Force Touch system that Apple uses on the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and the Apple Watch, infringes on a patent for a technology called "shared feedback". The patent does not cover a method of recognizing the intensity of the touch, but it does specify how the software could show preview info through a light press from the user or take action through a firm one.

The haptic technology licensor also says that all iPhones starting with the 6th generation and all three Apple Watch models make use of patented technology that describes how touch screens could offer "tactile sensations". Furthermore, Immersion says that these devices also infringe on a patent that specifies how devices could offer different feedbacks depending on the performed action.

If Immersion is successful in its court battle against Apple, it will seek damages for intellectual property infringement. At the moment, the extent of these damages is unknown.

Back in June 2015, Immersion announced that more than 3 billion devices across the globe use at least one of its haptic technologies. According to the company's official website, Immersion has more than 2,000 issued or pending patents.

source: Re/Code

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74. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Apple Never Invented anything

73. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

Apple ran out of innovation years ago ,, they only keep selling bricks in a high value to gain more childish customers ,, Poor Fruit

76. Inotamira

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 06, 2016

Pyrite bricks anyone?

72. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Apple Never Invented Anything: Apple Never Invented any tech products, they merely took the ideas and technologies from other company's inventions and incorporated and repackaged them into their own products. Has Apple Really Ever Invented Anything?:

62. HumbleJ06

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

I think Apple is in trouble. Immersion has been around for years and is known for creating haptic feedback on phones and mobile devices.

53. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Where is Hotelboy when we need his tecnical analysis comments about this?

48. Totse2k15

Posts: 479; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Good for Apple. Always trying to sue Sammy, lol.

47. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 2015


54. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Hopefully by next year....+1

46. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Settle or Sell?

37. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Another patent troll who seek damages for their imaginary intellectual property infringement. They should revoke a patent for anyone who can not make prototypes within 5 years.

41. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

So basically, every apple "patent" of an unclear idea made on a 10 cm² piece of sheet should be invalidated. I agree with you but the thing is: Apple is probably the biggest patent troll of the history and they have sued so many companies for nothing that everytime they get sued, I can't stop laughing.

32. dimas

Posts: 3465; Member since: Jul 22, 2014


27. nautiyalspandan

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

phonearena has been little harsh for apple lately , dont you think??

45. Inotamira

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 06, 2016

Yeah, the hypocrisy is finally cracking, isn't it wonderful?

25. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL love see apple getting a taste of there own medicine

24. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

All these patent cases are destroying innovation in the tech world, But Apple is one of the biggest patent trolls in history so I'm glad every time they lose so the money goes back to companies that can actually do something good with the money.

51. Shocky unregistered

+1 Maybe there was a good reason others avoid using this. We will see, lots of companies will be using this this year so we will soon see if there implementation avoids this.

19. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

I am positive Apple checks patent office for similar technology prior to marketing their products. They are powerful to the point they don't care about violating patents and settling in court by either paying the patent fees or simply buying off the company. This arrogant behavior is coming to the surface more frequently than before. I think Apple should sponsor Tom Brady. If cheating is part of the competition. They go hand and hand. Apple sponsor Tom. Tom continue to find advantages to exploit so you can win just like Apple. Good job representing our country you fools

30. engineer-1701d unregistered

Write the even stole the iPhone name and the iPad name

17. AlikMalix unregistered

If these guys really figured out the tech behind this that makes it work, Apple should pay millions! 3D Touch is a huge deal - every device is going to get it in a year just like FP sensors. Immersion company are geniuses - this is really great tech - I've been using it on my iPhone and will not get another device without forcetouch. Apple needs to compensate these guys for the hard work they did building a tech to make this possible....

21. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

You are up on Samsung owning a crap load of patents on this tech right??

34. AlikMalix unregistered

Does Apple own any patents on this tech? Or it's only relevant if Samsung or this immersion company owns them?

50. Shocky unregistered

No, they don't own any. It's not their technology so I half expected this. Apple are only good at finding ways to utilize existing technology differently, which works great if you do it well, however if your not careful it comes back to bite you in the ass.

29. engineer-1701d unregistered

Screw millions we're talking billions since they sold so many iPhones and tablets that have the song they need to either stop production and pay for what has been put out and sold wallpaper billions for stolen technology

35. AlikMalix unregistered

Hey if they "stole" the tech that these guys developed - yes Apple should pay, but billions weren't made yet with just the devices that use forcetouch, and isn't the patent only for peek&pop of the entire galore or 3D Touch features? But fair is fair, if these guys can prove that they have made this technology or at least drew out the same application, manufacturing of, technology behind it, and interface - then Apple owes them BIG, because this reinvents the rightclick for the touchscreen.

16. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

biggest thief in modern era. How many time did they lost so far? 4-5 or maybe more?

14. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

This isn't the first time Apple is using other's technology without paying any cents. It is unfortunate that they always call these their own revolutionary innovations.

18. AlikMalix unregistered

Which technologies did Apple cal "their OWN revolutionary innovations"??? Please post links, and references to that technology including who actually developed it. Thank you.

28. engineer-1701d unregistered

Watch any Apple Keynote pick anything the reword it so that it looks like they made it

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