Sound company THX sues Apple for infringement over speaker issue
Cupertino, CA, United States (4E) – High-quality sound company THX recently sued Apple for infringement. The company that was founded by George Lucas holds a patent for speakers “it that can boost sound output and attach to computers or flat-screen televisions,” according to Bloomberg News, which Apple violated.
“Apple knowingly infringed and continues to infringe upon THX’s U.S. Patent No. 7,433,483 for ‘Narrow profile speaker configurations and systems,’ a property granted in 2008 describing methods to effectively enhance sound quality in compact speaker arrangements integrated into consumer electronics like computers and televisions,” Apple Insider reported.
THX seeks compensation for damages on infringement and royalties. THX is accusing Apple of using the speaker configuration and system on its computers. THX was founded in 2002 and set the standard for ensuring that the sound quality of Star Wars movies is reproduced properly.
THX made available recently its first official mobile app on iTunes. Users will be able to adjust the sound quality of speakers and TVs using their Apple device.
“The Cupertino company does hold sound technology patents pre-dating the ’483 property, though it may come down to a decision over patent validity, if the case moves forward at all. As devices become increasingly thin, the number of methods in which speakers can be effectively implemented within a given chassis is greatly reduced,” Apple Insider added.