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Firm sues Apple, HP, Intel over processor power patents

updated 11:10 am EDT, Wed June 1, 2011

X2Y sues Apple, HP, and Intel in patent case

Relative unknown X2Y Attenuators on Tuesday sued Apple, HP, and Intel for allegedly copying its power technology. The Pennsylvania-based lawsuit claims that the three violate five patents for energy conditioning in processors, including the interposers that bring power from a chip's grid array to the chip circuits themselves. Multiple products violated the patents, but it singled out Apple's 27-inch iMac, HP's TouchSmart 610 all-in-one, and Intel's Core i7 processor as examples.

In each case, X2Y claimed that Intel supposedly aware of the patents and went ahead anyways, leaving X2Y "irreparably injured." It didn't mention knowledge on the part of Apple or HP and suggested the two had been brought into the lawsuit to put pressure on Intel and to reap a larger cash windfall.

As with most patent cases, the Nevada-based plaintiff was counting on the threat of a permanent product ban and triple damages to push the companies into settling out of court.

X2Y doesn't build power technology itself but is different than most usual non-practicing companies in having designed its technology with a specific aim in mind. It already has deals to license some of its power management processes to other companies, including Samsung. The firm is nonetheless heavily dependent on royalties to make a living and has a strong incentive to try and sue companies to make them pay where they wouldn't do business otherwise.

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By Electronista Staff
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  1. revco

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2005

    +2

    Another day, another lawsuit

    This is getting absurd. Is this what it has come to as a means of surviving a troubled economy, revenue through litigation? And the language, "irreparably injured", is just killing me.

  1. Eldernorm

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2007

    +5

    And do not forget

    You sue everyone with deep pockets, or no pockets if you are trying to scare them.

    Apple is being sued because it USES INTEL CHIPS!!!!!! Sorry but suing Intel for making the chip is one thing, suing Apple because it uses the chip is just plain stupid,,,,, or greedy.

    The court system is being used as a milking location, with nothing related to justice.

    Just a thought,
    en

  1. TomSawyer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2008

    +3

    For Once

    it seems like a true R&D company (vs Trolls) is suing Apple. Unfortunately Apple appears to just be a customer of the real target (Intel) and is just being drug in for pressure or collateral income. H-E-double-hockey-sticks X2Y might soon target you or I for USING an iMac 27.

    If these were charges against Apple for infringement through their A4/A5 chips (which had substantial in-house design work) there may be some substance, but Apple needs to work to get itself separated from the other players in this action.

  1. facebook_Noah

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    Joined: Jun 2011

    +2

    Boring

    Do we need to hear about every single lawsuit? It's getting kind of old.

  1. facebook_Noah

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    +1

    Boring

    Do we need to hear about every single lawsuit? It's getting kind of old.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -1

    try not to lead the reader

    X2Y doesn't build power technology itself but is different than most usual non-practicing companies in having designed its technology with a specific aim in mind.

    There are many companies that design products but don't actual manufacture or sell them. (For example, the entire ARM processor is generally designed by the ARM group and then licensed to companies.) To imply that these guys are 'sort of really patent trolls' is really lame. They either are or aren't.

    It already has deals to license some of its power management processes to other companies, including Samsung.

    Oh, so they do have deals. Hmmm. Seems like someone thinks their work has merit.

    The firm is nonetheless heavily dependent on royalties to make a living

    OK? And the point is? There's a lot of people who depend on royalties to make a living. Authors come to mind.

    and has a strong incentive to try and sue companies to make them pay where they wouldn't do business otherwise.

    They also have a strong incentive if companies are using their patented ideas without paying for them. Which also leads them to have a strong incentive because, otherwise, Samsung might go "Hey, we're paying for this advance and others are using it to? Then why am I paying for it?" let alone if they are using it as an advantage in use over competitors.

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