What you need to know
- Apple is being sued.
- It's over alleged infringements of some wireless audio patents.
- One-E-Way says culprit devices include Apple's AirPods, HomePod, and several models of Beats.
Apple is being used by One-E-Way, over claims many of Apple's own audio devices infringe on wireless audio patents.
The two patents, filed back in 2001, relate to a "wireless digital audio music system", and relate to how CDMA tech is used to enable "private listening" amongst other wireless devices on the same frequency in the vicinity. As AI explains:
"Guilty" products include Apple's AirPods, AirPods Pro, HomePod, Powerbeats (normal and Pro), Beats Solo Pro, Solo 3, Studio 3, and even the Beats Pill+.
One-E-Way is a "minority-owned small business" based in Pasadena, California. The suit claims that business owner Earl Woolfork "first conceived of the wireless audio inventions at issue in the late 1990s while exercising outdoors at the popular Santa Monica Steps in Los Angeles." It claims Mr. Woolfork "conceived of an audio system that could wirelessly communicate high-quality audio data."
The suit seems like a bit of a stretch to say the least. Notably, it seems bizarre that given the broad terms of the suit, why Apple is the only named defender.
Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9
Doesn't seem to be his first swing.
Sony Corp. of Japan
Sony Corp. of America of New York, New York
Sony Electronics, Inc. of San Diego, California
Sennheiser Electronic GmbH & Co. KG of Germany
Sennheiser Electronic Corp. of Old Lyme, Connecticut
BlueAnt Wireless Pty, Ltd. of Australia
BlueAnt Wireless, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois
Creative Technology Ltd. of Singapore
Creative Labs, Inc. of Milpitas, California
Beats Electronics, LLC of Culver City, California
Beats Electronics International Ltd. of Ireland
Jawbone, Inc. of San Francisco, California
GN Netcom A/S d/b/a Jabra of Denmark
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