Apple hit with patent infringement suit over haptic feedback tech

Immersion, a company that develops haptic feedback technology, has filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging that several of the tech giant's recent products infringe on three of its patents. In particular, Immersion claims that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and each version of the Apple Watch all infringe upon the following two patents:

  • U.S. Patent No. 8,619,051: "Haptic Feedback System with Stored Effects"
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,773,356: "Method and Apparatus for Providing Tactile Sensations"

Immersion also claims that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus specifically infringe upon a third patent relating to an "interactivity model for shared feedback on mobile devices." Immersion has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission as well, asking for an exclusion order to prevent importation and sale of the named Apple devices in the U.S..

AT&T is also named in the suit, although it's unclear as to why given the absence of a mention for other carriers.

Source: Immersion; Via: MacRumors

12 Comments
  • Correct me if I'm wrong but does the iPhone 6 even offer haptic feedback? And if it does how do I turn it on? Sent from the iMore App
  • The 6s does. Sent from the iMore App
  • They sure took their sweet time about it. I had been wondering if Immersion had done a deal with Apple but I guess they were just waiting as long as possible so there would be as many products on the market as possible before filing suit.. Immersion is NOT a patent troll. They actually develop and license haptic feedback technology and have been working on it for a lot of years now.
  • I expected a lot of 'pro-Apple' and 'anti-everyone else' type comments here condemning anyone suing Apple. All knowledge aside and I admit to both being ignorant to the facts and not really caring enough to explore them, there's way too many patent infringement cases against Apple. There must be substance and it's about time Apple stopped pinching other people's stuff! Sent from the iMore App
  • How about Samsung not copying Apple as well. Everyone copies each other. Sent from the iMore App
  • This is a suit concerning a very specific technology. Not that Samsung is even mentioned in the article, what technology of Apple's do you feel that Samsung is using illegally?
  • Well look at the low end Galaxy A3, it looks too much like an iPhone, at then there's the Galaxy S6, looks like an iPhone too, founded edges, headphone jack placement is the same as iPhone and the Speaker as well oh wait Apple is already suing Samsung over it. Sent from the iMore App
  • "he Galaxy S6, looks like an iPhone too, founded edges, headphone jack placement is the same as iPhone and the Speaker as well oh wait Apple is already suing Samsung over it." 1. The iPhone 6 is "heavily inspired" by the HTC M7, as HTC themselves say (but they didn't sue over it) and Apple never denied. Apple fans falsely claimed that the iPhone 6 was based on some old iPod Touch design, but never really addressed HTC's allegations. 2. Apple is not suing Samsung over the Galaxy S6. They sued Samsung over devices from 5 years ago that were mediocre sellers. Since then Samsung has totally redesigned their Galaxy line, which is what actually resulted in big sales for Samsung. Apple "fanboys" claim that Samsung's success was due to their initial copying of Apple, but not even Apple claims this. And now, the iPhone 6 and 6s resembles the Samsung Galaxy (and HTC M7) more than they do the iPhone 5 and especially the iPhone 4. Which is precisely why Apple stopped the lawsuits ... Samsung and everyone else could countersue on the many designs and products that Apple has since incorporated from Android (Apple Pay, Apple TV, Apple Watch, phablets, Apple Maps, tons of Android features etc.) So let it go. This has nothing to do with Samsung. It has everything to do with Apple appropriating someone else's tech without paying for it, which more than a few people have accused Apple of the past few years, from Ericsson (over the 2G and 4G technology that they invented) to the University of Wisconsin. Apple eventually had to pay up on both, and they will have to pay up on this case.
  • I asked you what technology of Apple's that Samsung stole and you come back with "looks like"? All phones look basically the same and "looks" is not technology.
    If Apple makes a purple phone and it sells because it's purple (over other colours of the same model) then it would only be smart for other phone manufacturers to make a purple phone as well. Same goes the other way round. No one has a patent on purple. Although sometimes it seems that Apple would try to get one.
  • I'm pretty sure that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus don't have haptic feedback, that is exclusive to the 6s and 6s Plus. I'm sure Immersion are just another patent troll. They will strike a deal with Apple, I'm sure. Sent from the iMore App
  • Anything that helps apple fanboys sleep at night Sent from the iMore App
  • No. Apple will sign a licensing deal based on FRAND terms for this tech. Which is what Apple should have done in the first place, and will demonstrate that they are not patent trolls. And will keep Apple from suing Samsung, Huawei and other Android makers when they come out with their own 3D touch tech.