As Apple (NASDAQ:
) and Samsung continue their battle
of the courtroom, the Mac maker has found itself in another patent
dispute. According to
The Next Web
, EPL Holdings has sued Apple for infringing on some of the
company's patents. EPL Holdings alleges that it had met with Tony
Fadell, the Nest thermostat inventor who previously served as the
senior Vice President of Apple's iPod division, more than 10 years
ago on January 28, 2002.
EPL Holdings shared information about its technologies with
Fadell, including patents for media playback that allow devices to
play video and audio content at different speeds.
The two companies met again on February 5, 2002 to discuss a
licensing deal. According to The Next Web, Enounce (EPL Holdings'
predecessor) entered into a four-year non-disclosure agreement with
Apple, which offered $50,000 for the use of one patent. Enounce
declined the offer, arguing that the fee was too low.
EPL Holdings alleges that, despite not having a license to use
Enounce's patented technologies, Apple began to use them
Apple has yet to make a public statement about the lawsuit,
which could end up in front of a jury if EPL Holdings has its
This is only the latest in a long line of patent, design and
copyright disputes that have plagued Apple worldwide. While the
iPhone maker seems to be doing well in its legal dispute with
Samsung domestically, the battle has
not been going well
Earlier this summer, Apple
paid $60 million
to settle a trademark dispute with a Chinese company that claimed
it owned the iPad name. Days after that lawsuit was settled,
two more Chinese lawsuits
cropped up, raising questions about the company's plans to sell its
products in China.
Despite these and other lawsuits (and the ), investors have not
been deterred. Apple achieved a new year-to-date high yesterday
when it closed at $636.34.
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