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Immersion, a San Jose based haptic technology company has filed a suit against tech giant Apple for infringing on its patent in its newest iPhones and Apple Watches.

If there is any department at Apple inc more busier than the iPhone section it’s definitely Apple’s legal department. Faced with a seemingly unending legal battles, Apple is equally armed with legions of lawyers. And luckily for everyone — Apple’s lawyers are always busy — either defending Apple or attacking perceived competitions. Now with the new patent litigation case, Apple’s lawyers are sure going to get a handful. Currently Apple inc is already facing dozens of high profile lawsuits, few of which include;

*** A $625 million patent infringement law suit filed against them by VirnetX for allegedly infringing on its communications protocol patents in its FaceTime, VPN on Demand, and iMessage services, as well as in the devices that used them. The patents which VirnetX accused Apple of infringing include ;
1. Agile network protocol for secure communications with assured system
availability with United States Patent Number — 6,502,135 — filed on February 15, 2000.

2. Establishment of a secure communication link based on a domain name service (DNS) request with United States Patent Number —7,490,151 — filed on September 30, 2002.

3. Agile network protocol for secure communications using secure domain names
with United States Patent Number — 7,418,504 filed on November 18, 2003.

4. Agile network protocol for secure communications using secure domain names
(2) with United States Patent Number — 7,921,211
filed on August 17, 2007.

***A never ending patent war with Samsung Electronic in which they have accused each other of breaching patent rules.

*** A lawsuit against them by a group of US lawyers for its controversial “Error 53” security feature that effectively kills an iPhone that was repaired using third party repairmen after its gets the latest iOS update. A similar lawsuit is also planned by some UK barristers on the same “Error 53” security flaw.

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The law suit was filed by Immersion on Thursday in Delaware’s Federal District Court, claims that Apple’s “3D touch” and “force touch” features infringed on Immersion’s patents for providing feedback when the screen of an electronic device is touched. Immersion technology also claimed that the Apple Watch Taptic Engine, and vibration patterns for ringtones and notifications also infringed on its patent, adding that multiple Apple devices use its intellectual property. According to the company, Apple’s iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition infringe on several its patents that cover haptic feedback systems. In a statement by Immersion’s CEO Victor Viegas, Viegas explained that while Immersion was pleased at the appreciation of its products by other tech firms, it will however vigorously defend its intellectual property;

“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. ….While we are pleased to see others in the industry recognize the value of haptics and adopt it in their products, it is important for us to protect our business against infringement of our intellectual property in order to preserve the ecosystem we have built and the investments that we have made in continuing to advance haptic experiences,”. “We will vigorously defend the intellectual property we have developed when it is infringed.”
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Immersion technologies list its patent infringed by Apple inc to include;

*** Haptic Feedback System with Stored Effects with U.S. Patent No. 8,619,051.
***Method and Apparatus for Providing Tactile Sensations with U.S. Patent No. 8,773,356.
***As well as — Interactivity Model for Shared Feedback on Mobile Devices with U.S. Patent No. 8,659,571.

Immersion has also filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) seeking an exclusion order that prevents the sale of the “allegedly infringing” Apple devices in the United States. In the ITC complaint, Immersion is also 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. US Carrier AT&T was also named in the litigation with claims by Immersion that AT&T sells Apple products and offers guides, directions, and other materials that “encourage and facilitate infringing use by others.”

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