Apple and THX Work to Resolve Speaker Patent Dispute Outside Court

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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. AppleMark macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2009
    The CCTV Capital of the World
    THX Technology would make very good TV speakers then...?
  3. HiVolt macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    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. sexiewasd macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2012
    Back in Your Head
    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. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    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. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010

    +1 & THX!

  7. Colpeas macrumors 6502


    Sep 30, 2011
    Prague, Czech Rep.
    Why not, they did it with Bose in the 90's, remember?
  8. anomie macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2010
    Apple did many stupid and ugly things in the 90s..
  9. macs4nw macrumors 68040


    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. Porco macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2005
    Phew, I thought this could go on for 1138 years!
  11. petsounds macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    Companies working out their differences amicably, imagine that! The lawyers must be pissed.
  12. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    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. jedicurt macrumors newbie

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


    Jan 8, 2009
    Are these patents for the same iPad speaker I have to cup my hand around to hear? ;)
  15. JasonElise1983 macrumors 6502a


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

    Mar 30, 2004
    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. Craig F macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2013
    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. jayducharme macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    You are a true believer.
  19. etrinh macrumors regular

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

  20. ijohn.8.80 macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2012
    Adelaide, Oztwaylya.
    You're listening to it wrong... :rolleyes:
  21. SeaFox macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2003
    Somewhere Else
    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. edison5 macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2013
    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. chirpie macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2010
    Funny! (But, alas, not ironic. Serendipitous for sure though...)
  24. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    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?

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