Noise Free claims Apple snatched its noise-canceling technology, will sue
posted by Daniel P. / Jul 10, 2012, 2:15 AM
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.
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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.
posted on Jul 10, 2012, 3:38 AM 13
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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.
posted on Jul 10, 2012, 11:52 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jul 10, 2012, 2:09 PM 0
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
posted on Jul 11, 2012, 10:37 PM 0
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