Noise Free claims Apple snatched its noise-canceling technology, will sue

Noise Free claims Apple snatched its noise-canceling technology, will sue
Noise Free has a technology which allows for background noise to be filtered out while you are talking on the phone with another party, so street, construction or club sounds don't get in the way of a good conversation.

The company claims it demonstrated what its invention can do to Apple in 2009, supplying them with presentations, schematics, and even a circuit board plus a prototype phone for easier grasp of how things are done. 

Cupertino's engineers ultimately went with Audience for the noise-cancelling duties in the iPhone that year, but filed for a patent in 2010 which Noise Free says mimics precisely the tech they had demonstrated to Apple in the previous year.

Since Apple's chief of mobile phones and tablets was called into the meeting, and the two engineers which were present then were also listed as investors on Apple's patent filing, Noise Free claims this patent contradicts its own “Environmental noise reduction and cancellation for a communications device” filing done way before that.

Noise Free's demand is to cancel Apple's pending patent application, and to ultimately be paid damages, threatening an eventual injunction against Apple's phones and tablets. We doubt things will go that far, but will keep an eye on the developments.

source: GigaOM

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15 Comments

1. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Talk about karma.

2. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Wow, almost all apple-related articles are about patents.. Good job, apple! you care more about patent than to actually make a decent product..

3. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Calling all Fruit ninjas ..Calling all Fruit ninjas .. Looks like fruit ninjas wont be joining us for this party... This is the worst kind of patent infringement.. Lets see what apple has to say

4. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

Yes. Finally somebody suing Apple!

5. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Wow.. the engineers basically showed them the blueprint of the technology to Apple as a sales pitch, then they have the balls to steal and patent it. Don't be evil Apple.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Wireless sync. This is a pattern with Apple.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It won't happen, but how funny would it be if they won the suit against Apple, then said they didn't want money, the wanted a ban.

8. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

What's sauce for the goose...

9. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Hah, how do you like them apples? Sorry...

10. JessJess unregistered

If this is true that's pretty low of Apple.

11. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

This just goes to tell people that Apple isn't as innovative as they lead people to believe. Nice to see someone standing up to Apple and decided to at least try an sue them. I bet that Apple will pull pour the FRAND card in their defense again, though.

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This really sad.... How the hell is Apple going to get out of this one? Oh yeah, bribe the justice system!

13. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I hate patent wars but this time I hope that rotten apple will taste its own weapon. They could have dealt with others in a normal way but instead they preferred to start a war. Justice maybe is blind but in the end it gets you. And Nokia has so many patents and has been for so long on the market that Finns really can kick apple's ass.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

CAN WE PLEASE STOP FREAKING talk bout APPLE buying company and then suing. they ARE THE WORST company in the world. now no head phone companies CAN'T use noise cancellation or cellular phone companies? Someone really needs to ban apple from banning others

15. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

noise free just want attention... thats what is wrong with being number 1.. everyone takes shot..

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