A new GamesBeat event is around the corner! Learn more about what comes next. 

THX speaker

THX, a speaker and sound technology company founded by Star Wars’ George Lucas, is suing Apple saying the iPhone-maker is using its speaker patents in a number of iPhones, iPads, and other Apple technologies.

THX brought the suit against Apple on March 14, saying specifically that Apple is infringing upon its 2008 speaker patent number 483. This patent refers to THX’s “narrow profile speaker configurations and systems.” The company names the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, as well as “iPad and iMac products” that “incorporate narrow-profile speaker units that output sound through a duct or aperture having a narrow dimension.”

The company goes on to say that the illegal use of this patent has caused money and other damages, which THX seeks to repair through monetary relief in “an amount adequate to compensate THX for Apple’s infringement.” It also, of course, wants Apple to admit to its alleged infringement.

As Apple Insider notes, however, Apple does own a number of speaker-related patents as well, one of which includes a patent for “low profile” speakers.

Check out the complaint below:

via Bloomberg; THX speaker image via William Hook/Flickr


VentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative technology and transact. Our site delivers essential information on data technologies and strategies to guide you as you lead your organizations. We invite you to become a member of our community, to access:
  • up-to-date information on the subjects of interest to you
  • our newsletters
  • gated thought-leader content and discounted access to our prized events, such as Transform 2021: Learn More
  • networking features, and more
Become a member