Immersion's patent suit against Apple now covers 3D Touch, adds AT&T, and seeks U.S. sales ban

Immersion's patent suit against Apple now covers 3D Touch, adds AT&T, and seeks U.S. sales ban
Back in February, Apple was sued for infringing on patents related to haptic feedback. On the other side of the lawsuit was a company called Immersion, known for its haptic feedback and touch technology. Immersion claimed that some of its patents were infringed on by the haptic feedback employed by the Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Apple iPhone 6s, Apple iPhone 6s Plus and the Apple Watch. The patents that Apple allegedly infringed on include U.S. Patent No. 8,619,051 covering "Haptic Feedback System with Stored Effects," and U.S. Patent No. 8,773,356 for "Method and Apparatus for Providing Tactile Sensations."

Yesterday, Immersion made some changes to the suit claiming that one of its patents related to Force Touch was infringed on by the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus. The patent involved is U.S. Patent No. 8,659,571, titled "Interactivity Model for Shared Feedback on Mobile Devices."

In another change, Immersion has widened the suit to include AT&T. The nation's second largest carrier was added as a defendant because it sells the iPhone models covered by the suit along with the Apple Watch. By selling these products, Immersion says that AT&T is  "encouraging and facilitating infringing use by others." Note to Immersion's crack legal squad: AT&T's exclusivity on the iPhone ended in 2010 and by your own reasoning, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint should also be served. And why stop there? The company's own comments would suggest that every carrier and retail store in the U.S. that promoted the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus should be included in the suit.


In its filing, Immersion asks for a jury trial and says that it is seeking compensatory damages. It also is requesting that an exclusion order be issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission preventing Apple from selling in the states, the products that are involved in the lawsuit.

source: 9to5Mac

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117 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Like everyone else, I have no idea if Apple infringes these patents, but it's absurd to sue AT&T for selling the device. The manufacturer is the only one who should be liable for infringing patents.

2. Clars123

Posts: 1072; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

patent cases are basically monet grabs at this point

3. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Karma is a female dog.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Karma is btchslapping Apple right now.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is about as crazy as that company that wanted to sue typo for a keyboard case.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Or as crazy as that company suing Amazon for the generic name "App Store". That company loss the case, by the way. Oh wait, that was Apple that lost that case.

30. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Yep! +1

78. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You really want those tokens.

85. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nah, you can keep 'em. Wouldn't want to have to raid your token stash.

91. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh no I insist.

101. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nah, keep 'em. They are your most prized possession, after all.

107. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Just like your precious blackberry phones and your life size pin-up of Chen? *sizzling*

113. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

None of that compares to your in-house shrine of iPhones or your blow-up doll of Tim Cook aka your "companion". Lmao! #YourSizzleJustGotPutOut

37. engineer-1701d unregistered

or as crazy as a company suing others over the corners of a device or a bounce back look

55. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh look, it's meanest trying to pick fights again. Well you got your tokens for the day.

62. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Oh look, it's Mxy getting all salty because he started something he can't finish. Looks like you got your tokens first.

79. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Typical Meanest comeback. Full of it as usual.

86. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Typical Mxy comeback. Always trying to make himself look like the victim after he starts 'ish he can't finish.

92. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You of all people would know about that.

102. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Of course I know about it, from constantly watching you do it.

108. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Meanestgenius, master of the no you response and oxymoroning the name.

114. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Mxyzptlk, master of trolling and playing the victim when he starts something he can't finish.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

As crazy as that company that sued NYC and a grocery store over a logo.

50. iApologistsAreRetards

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

You're an imbecile! I hope Immersion wins.

56. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think you live up to part of your name.

57. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Now if this was the reverse and it was google, all of you would be crying salty tears. So much hypocrisy.

63. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Only salty tears around here are yours.

80. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think you're still shedding tears in the BlackBerry articles.

87. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Considering how much YOU whine and complain on BlackBerry articles, it's you shedding all of the salty tears. Just like you do on this and other Apple articles.

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