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THX sues Apple over sound output technology

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Mon Mar 18 2013, 11:00
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NOT LONG AGO in a country not very far away a firm called THX sued Apple over the use of its technology.

THX, a company that was set up by George Lucas and named after his THX 1138 film debut, is suing Apple over a patent granted in 2008 for a speaker setup that can boost sound and be attached to computers and televisions. It's the wheel all over again... or fire.

Anyway, the patent was granted and THX apparently owns it, and it is annoyed that Apple, a staunch defender of its own designs, has apparently infringed on its patent.

So far no one is coughing. "Apple declines to comment on pending litigation," said a spokesperson for Apple.

We have not been able to get in contact with THX yet, though its last press release is an excitable number about an iOS app that lets people "adjust their TVs, projectors and speakers, to get the best performance and enjoyment from their entertainment system".

"THX tune-up guides consumers simply and easily through picture and sound adjustments to get the best possible entertainment experience from their home system," said Sandra Benedetto, director of product management at THX, back then, when things were all good.

Now, says Bloomberg, THX is concerned that Apple's alleged infringement is causing it "monetary damage and irreparable harm", and it wants compensation.

Appleinsider has the story, including the legal papers and the details of the patent. It reckons that the THX complaint could be raising its head now because of the speaker design of the latest iMacs, which channel sound down a row of slots.

It seems that iPads and iPhones are also alleged to infringe the patent. µ


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