Thursday, September 22nd 2011

VIA Seeks US Ban of iPhone, iPad Over Patent Infringements

Taiwan-based low-power computing technology company VIA sought a sales ban of Apple's iPhone and iPad, for what it alleges to be patent infringements of its microprocessor intellectual property. VIA sought a jury trial along with a sales ban on Apple products containing the inventions in the U.S., according to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware.

In its complaint VIA says “The products at issue generally concern microprocessors included in a variety of electronic products such as certain smartphones, tablet computers, portable media players and other computing devices.” This specifically impinges upon Apple's cash-cow products, the iPhone and iPad, and it isn't coming at a good time because Apple, according to market analyst Gartner Inc., will dominate tablet sales this holiday season. The case is Via Technologies v. Apple Inc. (AAPL), U.S. District Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).Source: Bloomberg
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54 Comments on VIA Seeks US Ban of iPhone, iPad Over Patent Infringements

#1
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
micropage7 said:
at least we hear good news this time
and apple will know how it feels get sued
you talk as if theyve never been sued before
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#2
DigitalUK
cant find any info i what the infringment is, is it some instruction set added that belonged to via or apple added a part to the arm core that "belonged" to them.
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#3
phanbuey
FreedomEclipse said:
Actually the correct term is

"He that lives in a glass house, shouldnt throw stones at others"
I know i just modded it since all of apples products are glass and aluminum. seemed like a good idea at the time.
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#4
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
Why u no say my name in your description apple!
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#5
reverze
The world will be a better place without apple
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#6
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
reverze said:
The world will be a better place without apple
without apple there would be no iphone or ipad. everyone would just keel over and die
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#7
micropage7
FreedomEclipse said:
you talk as if theyve never been sued before
;)
not like that, after a while apple sued many companies they got sued by via
i feel its kinda funny and ironic at the same time :o
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#8
micropage7
reverze said:
The world will be a better place without apple
without apple theres no newton's law
from wikipedia :toast:
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#9
Xyvik
FreedomEclipse said:
without apple there would be no iphone or ipad. everyone would just keel over and die
Except those who aren't taken in by hype and overpriced glitz items. In other words, only the smart people will live.

So this would be bad, how? :laugh:

Yes, I despise Apple to the point of reaching for synonyms, but in this case I don't see how VIA will win. I mean, I'm glad somebody is suing Apple, but how exactly will VIA continue with this? What patents do they hold that Apple stole? I couldn't find out when researching the article, it all seemed very vague.
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#10
AsRock
TPU addict
tigger said:
You reap what you sow , apple is getting its just deserts.
And if they lose i would of thought it would heart Apple a fair bit as i am sure VIA will go for damages as well.. Crafty though leaving it so long 1st.

At least it's not as petty as Apple suing Amazon lol. I guess what goes around comes around.

reverze said:
The world will be a better place without apple
Better dunno about that but cheaper maybe.
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#11
Steevo
Xyvik said:
Except those who aren't taken in by hype and overpriced glitz items. In other words, only the smart people will live.

So this would be bad, how? :laugh:

Yes, I despise Apple to the point of reaching for synonyms, but in this case I don't see how VIA will win. I mean, I'm glad somebody is suing Apple, but how exactly will VIA continue with this? What patents do they hold that Apple stole? I couldn't find out when researching the article, it all seemed very vague.
Apple suing samsung over the way you open your phone or other touchscreen device is vague. They just went after Samsung as the tab kicked their ass in reviews.

Due to their shitty practices I don't think i will ever own a Apple product.
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#12
Damn_Smooth
Without apples, that dumb bitch Eve would never have been told to eat something by some talking snake (Seriously????) and we would all be living in some sort of retarded eternal bliss.
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#13
Phxprovost
Xtreme Refugee
phanbuey said:
Right? so you can enjoy your VIA tablet and VIA phone :roll:

These guys just want to make a quick buck. They brought it up now hoping that apple would over-react and settle since the case is probably crap and would not stand up in a trial. They're hoping Apple will just pay them to go away.
VIA is not some patent troll trying to make a quick buck, my guess is some company has them riled up and going after apple.
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#14
Jegergrim
For the sake of us consumers, I hope either one of those "rallied" companies get a victory in court, because Apple has no mercy when it comes to prices and milking a market with their ****** software and hardware.
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#15
1c3d0g
Good. Apple had this coming. I hope every company with a relevant patent sues the hell out of them. Serves them right!
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#16
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Nooo. I thought VIA was above this crap. Unless it's a valid lawsuit, but I doubt it.
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#17
GAR
Apple does make the best touch phones and tablets, period, VIA, stfu and go away. I dont like them as a company, i have issues with some of their business practices, but you cannot deny, they make a damn good tablet, and a damn good phone.
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#18
Delta6326
FreedomEclipse said:
without apple there would be no iphone or ipad. everyone would just keel over and die
More food for me :rockout:

I can totally see some VIA employe going to the headquarters and saying
Employe: "Some random guy just dropped off this package, says its from Samsung."
HQ: "Well open it up."
Employe: "There are notes and pictures with highlights, there is a sticky note that says; here is evidence to ban Apple products, follow each step carefully.
PS: "F" Apple hard for us please"
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#20
m4gicfour
To all the people saying VIA is trolling, and that they should have sued at DEV or Launch... Do you have any idea how much it costs to persue a legal action? Especially against a company with pockets as deep as Apple's? For example, one of the local lawyers in town charges $500/hr. They're not even "well known" or "high-powered" laywers.

VIA had to wait until they knew it would be worth it, and until they had evidence to back them up. It takes a long time to build and follow through on a court case even if it is a sure bet, and somehow I doubt VIA had a spy in the iPhone Dev team...

VIA doesn't have a history of patent trolling. If this was Rambus, sure, I'd say they were just trolling. They've got a history of it, VIA doesn't. IIRC part of the legality surrounding patents, is if you don't protect your patents, and persue those who infringe on them, they effectively become null. (if the use of your patents becomes commonplace, and you don't sue anybody for it, it becomes harder and harder to win a patent case. again, IIRC. IANAL)
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#21
laszlo
via must have something real so they'll won this.

also samsung will won.. against the rotten apple.
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#22
Bo$$
Lab Extraordinaire
I really hope VIA win... After what they did to samsung they fucking deserve it
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#23
[H]@RD5TUFF
I know it won't happen but I hope they succeed. :toast:
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#24
Wile E
Power User
FreedomEclipse said:
Actually the correct term is

"He that lives in a glass house, shouldnt throw stones at others"
If you want to get technical, it's:
"Whose house is of glasse, must not throw stones at another." -George Herbert circa 1640
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#25
Steevo
I want some hot bitches to live in a glass house. I will throw my stones and spear around.
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