LG Licenses More Immersion Haptic Tech
Immersion today announced that LG has agreed to license more of its haptic feedback patents, expanding upon an existing partnership. The license covers simple forms of feedback, called Basic Haptics, which LG will use in its smartphones and other mobile devices. LG already licenses Immersion's TouchSense technology for its phones. Haptic feedback is the micro-vibration technology used by devices to let users know when they've activated certain buttons or features.
Immersion Hits Apple with 3D Touch Lawsuit
Immersion has filed multiple lawsuits against Apple and AT&T, claiming the two violate its haptic feedback patents. Specifically, Immersion believes the Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, Apple Watch, Watch Sport, and Watch Edition make use to two patents pertaining to "haptic feedback system with stored effects" and "method and apparatus for providing tactile sensations." The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are further accused of infringing a third patent for "interactivity model for shared feedback on mobile devices" — or 3D Touch, the defining feature of the two phones.
Immersion Files Patent Complaint Against Apple
The U.S. International Trade Commission today said it plans to investigate allegations made by Immersion that Apple and AT&T are violating its patents.
Ericsson Sues Apple in Three Countries Over Patent Misuse
Ericsson today stepped up its legal action against Apple with new lawsuits filed in the U.K., the Netherlands, and Germany. Ericsson asserts Apple is using its wireless technology patents without the proper licenses.
Luna Mobile Licenses Microsoft Patents
Microsoft today announced a new partnership with Luna Mobile, which has agreed to license Microsoft's technology patents for mobile devices. Luna has committed to launching 5 different smartphones this year, ranging in price from $139 to $459.