Koss, The Company That Created The First Stereo Headphones, Accused Apple Of Violating Patents
The American company Koss, which released the world's first personal stereo headphones SP/3 in 1958, sued Apple. The manufacturer of wireless models AirPods and Beats is accused of violating five patents.
The beginning of the claim looks more like a prospectus listing Koss's achievements. The firm recalled that John Koss in the 50s invented the first "personal listening system that allowed the owner to listen to the phonograph without disturbing other people nearby." The SP/3 headphones, the lawyers continue, gave out "high-quality stereo sound," "close to the sounds of a concert hall."
In the mid-2000s, the lawsuit says, Koss engineers developed prototypes of in-ear headphones with a chip - "very similar to the well-known consumer products that flooded the market a decade and a half later."
According to lawyers, AirPods produced since 2016 violate five patents owned by Koss. In particular, we are talking about a transceiver chip for wireless headphones, which involves "receiving streaming audio from a data source, such as a digital audio player or computer, over a wireless network." The prosecution insists that Apple knew about the Koss patents and met with representatives of the firm several times, but refused to license these technologies.
Koss demands monetary compensation for intellectual property infringement. A specific amount is not named, but "by law, it cannot be less than a proportionate royalty, together with interest and expenses."
Apple representatives have not yet commented on the lawsuit.