Immersion sues Apple for infringing on haptic suggestions patents
Apple’s the star within the newest chapter of Immersion’s courtroom drama. The California haptic suggestions developer recognized for going to courtroom to protect its applied sciences has filed a lawsuit towards Apple and AT&T. It says the haptic suggestions techniques of the Apple iPhone 6/6Plus, iPhone 6/6s Plus and Watch/Watch Sport/Watch Version infringe upon two of its patents. These are not any. eight,619,051, which is known as “Haptic Suggestions System with Saved Results,” and “Technique and Equipment for Offering Tactile Sensations” that is filed underneath no. eight,773,356. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus allegedly infringe upon a 3rd patent, as nicely: no. eight,659,571 named “Interactivity Mannequin for Shared Suggestions on Cellular Units.”
As Apple Insider notes, Apple’s units have all the time had haptic suggestions methods. Nevertheless, it upgraded its newer units’, launched the “Taptic Engine” to its smartwatches and newest iPhones and gave them their 3D Contact/Drive Contact options.
Immersion’s CEO Victor Viegas says:
Whereas we’re happy to see others within the business acknowledge the worth of haptics and undertake it of their merchandise, it’s important for us to guard our enterprise towards infringement of our mental property as a way to protect the ecosystem we have now constructed and the investments that we have now made in persevering with to advance haptic experiences. We’ll vigorously defend the mental property we now have developed when it’s infringed.
Apart from the lawsuit during which it is looking for damages, Immersion has additionally filed a grievance with the ITC “looking for an exclusion order stopping the importation, sale for importation, and sale after importation of infringing Apple units into the USA by the defendants…” In different phrases, it is requesting a gross sales injunction.
Again in 2008, Immersion had a greater relationship with Cupertino, and it was even rumored that it might present haptic tech for the iPhone. Apple is not the one tech big that had been sued by Immersion — it additionally fought courtroom battles towards Microsoft in 2007 and towards Motorola/Google in 2012.
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