THX says to patents, "I am your father" and sues Apple for infringing on them

THX says to patents,
If you've ever gone to the movies, you might be familiar with the THX name and logo. The company was founded by George Lucas, although no longer owned by him, and makes audio solutions so that sounds for pictures like Star Wars could be heard in theaters. The company is getting involved in our national pastime: suing or getting sued by Apple. In this case, it is the former with THX alleging that Apple used THX's technology without bothering to obtain a license to do so.

The patents in question are for a speaker unit that boost sound output. THX was awarded a patent on the technology in 2008 and Apple is allegedly using it on the Apple iPhone, Apple iPad and other devices. THX is seeking money to compensate for missed royalties owed it, payment for damages and a sales ban on offending Apple devices. If the court were to find in favor of THX, in theory the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad could be banned from sales in the U.S.

Neither company would comment outside of THX which simply said that this was a "pending legal matter".

source: electronista

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79 Comments

1. irwan92

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 12, 2013

slumm the apple until it ducks into water. Hope it have waterproof certification :p

6. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Shiips still think Apple is innovate only , SS is always a copycat But the fact SS is no where near Apple.

44. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Steve Jobs "innovation": Lets take a bunch of existing technologies and steal, copy or buy them and put them in a phone.

55. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

^This right here.

75. crazymonkey05

Posts: 188; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

hahahahahahah so true

77. ImQ009

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

Fanboy detected

2. SamsungTheSavior

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Amazing news. Make them bankrupt!

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yup, I agree. Apple deserves it, but the word "bankrupt" is a little bit harsh.

81. ktime

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 11, 2012

Sue Apple, the Master of Thief

16. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Your username bro lol wow....

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bro that username has corrupted fanboy written all over it. He then says stuff like "make them bankrupt". As if THX is actually gonna bankrupt apple. That would be like the .99 cent store bankrupting Bloomingdales...not gonna happen.

33. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

I don't think any reasonable person is going to wish bankruptcy on anyone or anything personally. That said, if Apple has been using THX's patents in all of their mobile products as THX claims, this could very well put a big hurt on Apple's pocketbook.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As it should bro. Apple should have to pay what they owe plain, and simple. Fair is fair...

39. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Are you trying to say that THX is a .99 cents store ? As much as unpopular it is, THX it's still a big company. It won't bankrupt Apple but banning iPhone and iPad seems good to me LOL

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Quite naturally I'm using it as a comparison. I however don't wanna see anything that benefits people banned. If you simply wanna be childish with your comments, and the only thing you wanna see are green thumbs... Please avoid my posts

74. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

well, i believe the court won't allow iPhone or iPad to be banned. but certainly, this is a punch back for apple. just try to remember how many phones did apple try to ban because of some idiotic patents ?

3. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Karma.

4. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

When it rains it pours, on Apple. Time to switch to Dr. Dre... HHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA. hehehe

5. 8logic

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

"The company is getting involved in our national pastime: suing or getting sued by Apple" LMAO but, great news!!!!!!

7. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

Tomlinson Holman

8. MobileJunkieJr

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

"If the court were to find in favor of THX, in theory the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad could be banned from sales in the U.S." Me likes that!

63. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

No my lord c'mon sound is such a small component that went into building this iCON (ic) Phone is what MyxTyxPyx would say in court ... and court would never ban as it would against the principle of natural justice to ban an American company's product in America :)

9. MartianMe unregistered

This is so ridiculous ....but apple deserves it.

10. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

This is fun :)

11. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

“The Force is strong with this one.” and “Use the Force, Apple.” Sorry I couldn't help myself.

69. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

So are you saying that apple is supposedly the beleaguered hero?

72. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well no, I thought that the reference to George Lucas and of course Star Wars would be amusing. I think Apple’s position on paying royalties is the same as their policy for charitable donations and that’s they would never give one cent/penny away, unless they were compelled in doing so.

12. CoveyD

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Sadly, as much as I despise Apple's overall marketing strategy, as well as their "innovation", Apple is an American company, so I for one hope that this does not create a problem selling these phones on home soil, our economy is still terrible, and taking a blow like that might be enough to push us back 10 years. Im an Android/WP fan, and I like seeing Apple get a taste of their own medicine as much as possible, but unfortunately this would be a big hit to the American economy as well.

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Apple will just have to tap some of its hoard of cash. Egos being bruised are harder to soothe, however. Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

66. Aeires unregistered

That would be true if Apple made their devices in America. They don't. If Apple loses, they'll just have to take a big amount out of their coffers and pay the fees. A ban isn't going to happen and nothing is going to happen to the U.S. economy from this.

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