Apple is being sued by Koss over patent infringement

Apple is facing a new lawsuit filed by Koss over alleged infringement of patent technology on its lineup of wireless earphones.

Apple isn’t new to lawsuits filed against them. They just paid AU$ 700 million for allegedly throttling their phones. It was a strategy well criticized by the market and owned up to by the company.

Apple isn’t one to back down from lawsuits. It knows that it has a strong legal team. As such, they take all charges filed against them head-on. Now, they’re being sued yet again for alleged patent infringement on wireless earphone technology. Koss wants its payday to arrive almost six decades after revolutionizing the technology.

Koss sues Apple for patent infringement

The company is an American pioneer on wireless earphone technology. Their design was invented way back in 1958 when the wireless tech wasn’t even a big thing yet. Koss produced a private listening tool where enjoying the phonograph will not disturb others.

Fast forward sixty years after, it wants to reap the benefits of its breakthrough technology. As a result, it has filed a huge patent lawsuit against Apple. Their claims say,

“Apple and others are reaping enormous benefits due to John C. Koss’s vision, and Koss Corporation’s commitment to that vision, for more than six decades.”

Koss said that they had four unfruitful meetings with the Cupertino-based company. Naturally, Apple adamantly denied such allegations. It isn’t clear why the company is singling out Apple. After all, it isn’t the only company that has wireless earphone technology.

Be that as it may, Koss insists that their company has to benefit one way or another from their original technology.

What does Koss want?

Koss has been in the earphone technology for a considerable amount of time. It wants ‘damages’ to its company compensated. It says,

“Koss has been damaged as a result of the infringing conduct by Apple. Thus, Apple is liable to Koss in an amount that compensates it for such infringement, which by law cannot be less than a reasonable royalty.”

The success of this patent lawsuit is a toss-up. Only a judge can determine the merits of the case. However, if Koss wins the case, they stand to earn millions in damages. Also, a win against Apple could mean a strong precedent for Koss to go after all other wireless earphone company. It would include Skull Candy, Sony, Samsung, and other companies.

Cases like these usually take up years to be determined. Only a strong set of evidence can hasten the pace.

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