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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76 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30660; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

There's only one post I'm waiting for, and it'll be a long one.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I think a simple "lol" suffices in this one. Patent trolls getting sued always makes for a warm day in the tech world.

8. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

RoTfLmFaO . Good they deserve it. All of Apple's patents should be invalidated. Biggest patent trolls in history.

40. MSi_GS70 unregistered

All kinds of gadget companies across the globe should look what apple others patends using and they should do mass lawsuit against ape.. They need to feel how is it feel..

23. engineer-1701d unregistered

I knew, was real finally now its apples turn to be Sue for everything granted they did steal practically every piece of technology they have a used since the beginning of that company

49. Nallaikumaran

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Steve Jobs 1996: "Picasso had a saying -- 'good artists copy; great artists steal' -- and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas."

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Why? The the if possibly got caught again? Would we be surprised if found to be true? Patent lawsuits don't help anyone but lawyers. We all know this!

55. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yeah but its good to see Apple get a feel of its own medicine! :) Still i agree all this patent lawsuits is no good. to patent something you need to really invent something new not just impliment it in a mobile phone..

65. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

This post is way to short. What happened Techie, did you finally get a life?

2. Carlitos

Posts: 626; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

"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" This is the very literally description for apples 3d touch. This is case actually has a good chance of winning

36. vincelongman

Posts: 5579; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also the company suing Apple is NOT a patent troll Seems like they provide APIs for devs to implement haptic feedback http://www.immersion.com/technology/#products

44. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yeah, we can hope that this brings an end to Apple getting patents to technologies that already exist, the amount they've gotten is silly. Heck we can hope this brings the whole patent thing into question so it can get reworked.

4. f_u_006

Posts: 111; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

Apple is getting what it deserves

5. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Wow! another patent lawsuit. Many companies are now eager to sue apple after earning billions of dollars in profit. What's next? 4 speaker design from the ipad pro? THIS IS GETTING TOO OLD!

13. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

They're just getting back the favors for their stupid rounded-corners lawsuits and a whole bunch of patents they stole...it's long been overdue.

22. ph00ny

Posts: 1976; Member since: May 26, 2011

Wait isn't that what they essentially sued other manufacturers for?

26. engineer-1701d unregistered

If you didn't know this already the quad speakers came from a concept design for the Samsung Galaxy s4 that's being put on 5 6 & 7 concepts put in any kind of Google search for a galaxy s4 concept and you'll see it's a white beautifully shaped phone that should have been made with quad speakers and a really nice you are Display of the galaxy is the backdrop

56. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

When apple do it its fine when other do it its getting too old.. pathetic!

7. fyah_king unregistered

Make dem pay!

10. kryme

Posts: 462; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Yea man.. Apple acting up

9. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Patent troll detected....

11. tedkord

Posts: 17041; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Here we go. If you sue Apple, you're a patent troll.

15. Unordinary unregistered

But if you're Apple and file a patent, it's a waste apparently LOLLLLLLL. By the way, I believe (look this up) that Samsung has a significantly larger patent filing database for all their tech (including fridges and stove etc) than Apple, and significantly smaller follow thru percentage on said filed patents. But hey.. *sips tea*

20. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yes, Samsung only goes after when they come after them I.e. nvidia When they tried it on with there Gpu crap, hm and how did that work out for them, hahahhahah

38. tedkord

Posts: 17041; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, considering that nearly every patent Apple sued Samsung over had been invalidated... Samsung may have a larger patent database, because they're a much bigger company with hundreds more products. They also aren't suing for sales bans over shapes.

57. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

But what if thats company as the patent for years and apple patent it again? they are right to do it? What if they patent an existing technology just because they put it in a mobile phone? Want to patent stuff invent fully new stuff and stop been a troll.

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hahaha, apple is really getting a lot of it's own medicine lately...well deserved.

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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