Apple Sues HyperMac Battery Maker For Patent Infringement

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We here at Gizmodo HQ love ourselves some HyperMac batteries, but apparently Cupertino doesn't share our enthusiasm. Apple is suing parent company Sanho over six patents relating to MagSafe and iPod. And it looks like they may have a case.

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The crux of the matter seems to be that HyperMac products use "original Apple MagSafe connectors," according to the company's own product listing. That's a no-no, as outlined in the legal filing:

"Defendants manufacture, distribute, and/or sell products that infringe patents related to Apple's proprietary MagSafe connectors used to connect power adapters and other products to Apple portable computers, such as the MacBook," the suit reads. "Defendants also manufacture, distribute and/or sell products that infringe patents related to Apple's 30-pin connectors and receptacles, used to connect cables to Apple iPod, iPhone and/or iPad products."

"Defendants' infringing conduct has damaged Apple and inflicted irreparable harm for which Apple seeks, among other remedies, an award of its actual damages, disgorgement of Defendants' profits from the sale of infringing devices and injunctive relief."

Is this going to pull HyperMac from shelves? I'd say it's more likely that Sanho hands over kaboodles of money to Apple but stays in business. But if this is an area where Apple really wants to have an exclusive product, it looks like they may have legal grounds to pull the plug. [Apple Insider via CrunchGear]

DISCUSSION

DoogieFullHouser
DoogieFullHouser

I'm just going to throw this out there, and if anyone knows more about this case than I do, please let me know if I'm way off base.

I suspect what happened was that HyperMac started off scavenging MagSafe connectors from Apple OEM purchased adapters. That's an expensive way to do business and there are a ton of knock off manufacturers that a making these things all over Shenzhen.

This is speculation, but its possible that HyperMac started supplementing their legitimate purchases with non-OEM knock-offs.

Apple tends to act rather quickly once they have a target in sight, especially when it comes to their IP. Apple let HyperMac operate for a very long time before slapping the suit on them. If they were using 100% Apple purchased stuff they would have no reason to sue HyperMac from a business standpoint.

If they don't settle Apple will never recover money from HyperMac as the most likely outcome from a suit going to trial will be bankruptcy for HyperMac. As aggressive as Apple is, businesses don't tend to seek out patent suits that have no hope of paying out unless they are actually being hurt in some way.