Family Sues Apple For Not Making Thing It Patented

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by OldSchoolMacGuy, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 601

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    A lawsuit filed against Apple last week argues that, by not actually making a product that it patented, the company is partly responsible for an automobile accident.

    According to Jalopnik, James and Bethany Modisette are suing the tech company after a car crash two years ago that killed one of their daughters and injured the rest of the family. The driver of the car who hit them had been using Apple's FaceTime video chat at the time.

    The patent in question was first applied for in 2008, and describes "a lock-out mechanism to prevent operation of one or more functions of handheld computing devices by drivers when operating vehicles," such as texting or video chatting. The complaint cites Apple's "failure to design, manufacture, and sell the Apple iPhone 6 Plus with the patented, safer, alternative design technology" -- in other words, lack of the program's inclusion -- as a "substantial factor" in the crash.

    http://nymag.com/selectall/2016/12/family-sues-apple-for-not-making-thing-it-patented.html
     
  2. I7guy macrumors P6

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    While it's a tragedy and people behind the wheel do stupid things, good luck with that lawsuit. Hope it gets thrown out of court asap.
     

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