Apple is in another patent battle.
Immersion Corporation announced that the company has filed a patent infringement complaint against Apple, AT&T and AT&T Mobility in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and with the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC").
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The complaints allege that the Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Apple iPhone 6s, Apple iPhone 6s Plus, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition infringe certain Immersion patents covering haptic feedback systems and methods in electronic devices.
Why Immersion also included AT&T in the complaint is not clear.
“Immersion and its employees have worked diligently for over 20 years to invent solutions and build an ecosystem of content and playback devices that enable realistic and rich digital experiences. Touch matters, as it informs, excites and humanizes the digital world we interact with every day. Many of our licensed customers are market leaders that benefit from our innovation in touch technology,” said Immersion’s CEO Victor Viegas.
In the ITC complaint, Immersion is seeking an exclusion order preventing the importation, sale for importation, and sale after importation of infringing Apple devices into the United States by the defendants and appropriate cease and desist orders.
In the U.S. District Court suit, Immersion is alleging infringement of the same patents and is seeking to stop further infringement by the defendants, and to recover damages.
Immersion is targeting a wide range of functionality of Apple devices, not just 3D Touch. The company lists the following patents that Apple is supposedly infringing:
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”,
U.S. Patent No. 8,659,571: “Interactivity Model for Shared Feedback on Mobile Devices.”
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Immersion was founded in 1993 and is a publicly traded company on NASDAQ with a market Cap of $219.77m. The IMMR stock ended up 10% ($7.77) at end of trading on Friday. The stock is likely to make a big jump today on the news as some investors will take the bet that Immersion will gain from this patent infringement case in some way.