Apple and THX Work to Resolve Speaker Patent Dispute Outside Court

Discussion in 'Mac Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot

    MacRumors

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2001
    #1
    [​IMG]


    Apple and THX will attempt to solve their speaker patent dispute out of court, reports Bloomberg, after lawyers for the two companies filed a request with the San Francisco federal court to ask for a postponement of a case-management conference scheduled to take place on June 14.

    [​IMG]
    THX, the sound engineering company that was founded by George Lucas, originally sued Apple in March over patented speaker technology that is used in the iMac, iPhone, and iPad product lines. The patent, titled "Narrow profile speaker configurations and systems," pertains to technology most recently used in the new iMac, which features long channels that allow audio to be projected from the bottom edge of the machine.
    In the lawsuit, THX asks for a court order to halt the alleged infringement along with a reasonable royalty or damages to compensate for lost profit. The two companies have asked for the case management conference to be postponed until July 26.

    Article Link: Apple and THX Work to Resolve Speaker Patent Dispute Outside Court
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    AppleMark

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2009
    Location:
    The CCTV Capital of the World
    #2
    THX Technology would make very good TV speakers then...?
     
  3. macrumors regular

    HiVolt

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2008
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    #3
    lol, irreparable harm... Of course its completely repairable when you get awarded damages and license this "technology"...

    God patent trolls suck... And that includes Apple themselves.
     
  4. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2012
    Location:
    Back in Your Head
    #4
    THX can hardly be called a patent troll. Now it seams to me that it wouldn't be hard to invalidate this patent, but it might be better off for Apple to simply pay the royalty and put a THX logo on the box.
     
  5. macrumors 603

    ArtOfWarfare

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2007
    #5
    There's no way Apple will ever put a THX logo on their product directly, but I can only see putting it on the box as a plus.
     
  6. macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2010
    Location:
    www.emiliana.cl
    #6
    Great!

    +1 & THX!

    ;-)
     
  7. macrumors 6502

    Colpeas

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2011
    Location:
    Prague, Czech Rep.
    #7
    Why not, they did it with Bose in the 90's, remember?
     
  8. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    #8
    Apple did many stupid and ugly things in the 90s..
     
  9. macrumors 68030

    macs4nw

    #9
    Agreed. THX is by all accounts a respectable company, and I'm sure this could be worked out reasonably and amicably. Not sure about the THX logo.....
     
  10. macrumors 68000

    Porco

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2005
    #10
    Phew, I thought this could go on for 1138 years!
     
  11. macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2007
    #11
    Companies working out their differences amicably, imagine that! The lawyers must be pissed.
     
  12. macrumors 603

    ArtOfWarfare

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2007
    #12
    No, I'm too young to remember that. It sounds a little familiar, and based on the timing, I suspect that Steve Jobs wasn't there to prevent it.

    Jonathan Ives is still at Apple to say "absolutely not" to having other companies brands on the surface of an Apple product.
     
  13. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2012
    #13
    that's only if they both don't take their mandated medication...
     
  14. macrumors 603

    bedifferent

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2009
    Location:
    NY
    #14
    Are these patents for the same iPad speaker I have to cup my hand around to hear? ;)
     
  15. macrumors 6502a

    JasonElise1983

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2003
    Location:
    Between a rock and a midget
    #15
    Maybe Steve just should've bought THX along with Pixar as a bundle. Would've saved a lot of this hassle.
     
  16. macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2004
    #16
    THX was a respectable company when it was a part of Lucasfilm. It has since been sold to Creative Labs and it has lost much of its creative juice since.
     
  17. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2013
    #17
    Am I the only one that sees the irony this?


    The Holman eXperiment is negotiating with Apple Audio that is headed by Tomlinson Holman.
     
  18. macrumors 68020

    jayducharme

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2006
    Location:
    The thick of it
    #18
    You are a true believer.
     
  19. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2011
    #19
    From my understanding it is for the new iMacs circa 2012 (slim design)

     
  20. macrumors 65816

    ijohn.8.80

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2012
    Location:
    Adelaide, Oztwaylya.
    #20
    You're listening to it wrong... :rolleyes:
     
  21. macrumors 68020

    SeaFox

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2003
    Location:
    Somewhere Else
    #21
    It would if they actually made anything.

    It's much cheaper to sit around and do nothing, then wait for someone to try and develop something similar and just sue them for all their profits for infringing your dust-collecting patents.

    That would be another legal monkey on Apple's back and a long road to travel down. Little hope of seeing the light after the long climb.
     
  22. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2013
    #22
    Dusty Patents

    Speaking of dusty patents, the technology in question is basically a folded horn design going back to probably before the 30s with Western Electric and numerous others since. There are gobs of designs using wave theory in your local library (and other products in your local big box store with this exact application). I love it when these jokers stick an ancient design on their new device and call it their "invention".
     
  23. macrumors 6502a

    chirpie

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2010
    #23
    Funny! (But, alas, not ironic. Serendipitous for sure though...)
     
  24. macrumors 6502a

    jnpy!$4g3cwk

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2010
    #24
    Technology question: what exactly is the patent for?

    Funny, that was exactly my question. How does this design differ from the myriad of horn designs I used to read about in High Fidelity 50 years ago or so? Everything from huge designs for big old houses to tiny desktop designs. On the commercial side, big Klipsch corner speakers, down to small dorm-room designs, one of which became, I think, the "Bic Venturi" desktop speaker. Has anyone read the patent to see exactly what the "novel" feature is?
     

Share This Page