Luxpro to try and sue Apple

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by liketom, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. liketom macrumors 601


    Apr 8, 2004
    Luxpro, a Taiwanese electronics firm, has said it will sue computer maker Apple for $100m (£52m) in damages.

    The move follows a legal battle Luxpro fought with Apple over some of the Taiwanese firm's digital music players.

    Apple accused Luxpro of copying its iPod Shuffle, and won an injunction in Taiwan to halt production.

    This ruling was later overturned after Luxpro appealed to the Taiwanese High Court and Supreme Court, clearing the way for it to sue for lost revenues.

    'Significantly dissimilar'

    Apple's iPod digital music players, which include the Shuffle model, are the world's best-selling, and have been a main driver of the company's earnings over the past few years.

    Rival producers have been trying to win themselves a chunk of this valuable market.

    Luxpro's MP3 player was a similar size to Apple's Shuffle, and was also made of white plastic.

    However, the courts in Taiwan found that "the appearances of the two products are significantly dissimilar".

    According the Financial Times, Luxpro's chairman Wu Fu-chin said the company wanted to recoup lost revenues caused by the initial court injunction.

    He added that the company had recently started reselling its Super Tangent digital players "in Latin America and eastern Europe".

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  2. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Just in case you never saw it, here's the LuxPro "SuperShuffle" (later rebranded to Super Tangent) they're talking about. Something immediately familiar about it, isn't there... :rolleyes:

  3. Nym macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2006
    Porto, Portugal
    LOL, really funny, in fact, no similarity from one product to the other whatsoever! :D
  4. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    It looks like they even copied the font on the "control pad". :rolleyes:
  5. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    It's not only that but they copied the look of the packaging, too.

    I can understand that they should be allowed to make money but they could design their own products with designs that are their own. (I suppose Apple copied them, right?)
  6. Film Divine macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2007
    I agree. That looks nothing like the iPod Shuffle.:p
  7. dollystereo macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2004
  8. someguy macrumors 68020


    Dec 4, 2005
    Still here.
    No lie: I almost bought one of these on eBay a while back when it was called Super Shuffle. I thought it was a regular old Shuffle. Although that doesn't say much for me, it certainly says something about how "dissimilar" this product isn't from the iPod Shuffle.

    Apple should just buy out Luxpro and shut it down. Companies like that don't deserve to survive.
  9. wozzlewoozle macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2005
    I can understand how the taiwanese high court would rule that they were 'significantly dissimilar' justice (or in this case it seems the justices) is (are) blind.

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