It’s looking like Apple isn’t going to see any downtime from courts this month. Only one week after Apple lost a court ruling in which the organization had to pay $625 million to VirnetX for patent infringement, Apple is in the legal cross hairs once again. This time it’s said that the people at Cupertino have infringed upon three different patents with the most recent iPhone and Apple Watch gadgets.
These licenses are specifically focused at what Apple calls its “Taptic Engine”, which powers the “3D Touch” and “Force Touch” features on the iPhone 6/6 Plus and the 6S/6S Plus – in addition to the three versions of Apple Watch. Two of the infringements in question that cover these gadgets are U.S. patent nos. 8,619,051 (Haptic Feedback System with Stored Effects) and 8,773,356 (Method and Apparatus for Providing Tactile Sensations). The third alleged infringement, U.S. patent no. 8,659,571 (Interactivity Model for Shared Feedback on Mobile Devices), is directed solely at the iPhone 6S/6S Plus.
Immersion CEO Victor Vegas didn’t seem overly-heated in his comments to the press regarding to the alleged infringement of the organization’s patented technology:
While we are pleased to see others in the business perceive the estimation of haptics and adopt it in their items, it is important for us to protect our business against infringement of our intellectual property keeping in order to preserve the ecosystem we have built and the investments that we have made in continuing to advance haptic experiences… We will vigorously defend the intellectual property we have developed when it is infringed.
Not just is Immersion pushing for compensation for the patent infringement, yet Immersion is also filing an ITC complaint to put an injunction on the offers of these gadgets within the United States. It’s no stretch of the imagination that, if the legal system discovers Apple guilty and the ITC bans the sales of these devices, Apple would be in a lot of pain with its hardware sales.