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Apple sues clone power adapter manufacturer

By Justin ยท 40 replies
Nov 27, 2009
  1. Onewill

    Onewill TS Rookie

    Does anyone have a link to more specific info on this device? I'd like to see the product itself. Counterfeiting hardware is almost worse than counterfeiting money.
  2. Nirkon

    Nirkon TS Enthusiast Posts: 202

    I expect the revenue coming from selling power adapters alone justifies suing them...
    I mean what do they expect when they sell hardware at such expensive prices,
    when will it end?
  3. saintbodhisatva

    saintbodhisatva TS Rookie Posts: 59

    Sony is sort of Apple-ish with their devices too, however, so many Sony "clone" adapters are available in the marketplace some advertised as genuine, some as "third party" compatible.
  4. "Ok Freedomthinker, if you get a business running, and then someone gets a proffit out of it without paying you anything for the effort you made, would you be ok?"

    I'd also hate to see a mechanic get money for fixing a truck that Ford made. How dare they profit off Ford by actually working and giving a service to people that does not infringe on Ford at all?


    What next, a store making a profit by selling clothes a different company made? Absurdity.
  5. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,160   +829

    That mechanic didn't make a vehicle and then put the Ford brand on it, did he?

    I invite you to register as a member to share angles on the news.

    EDIT: I dialed sarcasm down a lot, be thankful and do the same, taking things out of context isn't that hard, probably should read and comment the news as is.
  6. Basher

    Basher TS Rookie Posts: 54

    Yet another reason I don't plan on ever buying a Mac. I hate the "buy from us or buy from no one" attitude...
  7. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TS Booster Posts: 218   +11

    ^^^ Mac has ALWAYS had that attitude. Steve Jobs has a stiff butt when it comes to his business practice. Mac just has a host of its own problems and a few more clashes of preference when it comes to their computers. One of the funnier things I noticed about their laptops was that the thinner they got, the more quirks the laptops had. For example, if the laptop gets thinner, the amount of tilt you can have with the screen decreases. So if you're a taller fellow, and you want a slim Mac, like a Mac air, you're out of luck with being able to sit with it on your lap. You'll have to hunker down just to see the screen. And worse than that, if you lifted up the Mac Air's screen from the corner? The darn screen would crack.

    There's also the issue of customization with Macs. Macs are VERY hard to customize on your own. They build it with technology they deem sufficient, stick a high price tag on it just because they built it, and ship it out. And if you want a better video card than the one they give you, you'll have to either send it in, or break your warranty and try it yourself. And that's easier said than done. Just about the only things you can upgrade are the hard drive and the memory. What a joke...

    Then there's the problem that Macs aren't even very easy to game on. There are Mac versions of a lot of games, sure, but Macs weren't made for gaming. They're all still really strong when it comes to art, photography, video editing, and stuff like that. There are just so many preferential things and little niggling problems that make me not want to buy a Mac. And their attitude is the icing on the cake.
  8. manintech

    manintech TS Rookie Posts: 46

    someone in the industry should stand up and make a standard for a universal adapter. Just like most smart phones use standard mini-usb for power/data adapter, apple use their own standard for iphone, and it makes it very expensive to replace a lost cable.
  9. levar

    levar TS Rookie Posts: 229

    I wouldn't call they're stuff cheap alternative, I'd say its pretty decent and for it not being an Apple product but they should get shot down in court regardless ^^
  10. Zenphic

    Zenphic TS Rookie Posts: 43

    Counterfeits are no cool, but 3rd party products are always a plus for consumers.
  11. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,279   +105

    Pity that the US calls this a "design patent" and not "registered design" like some other countries. This confuses things with "real" patents.

    Since the US does have the design patent system, and since the company should be able to produce an Apple compatible adaptor that doesn't infringe on the design, I think that Apple has a good case.
  12. AfricanTech

    AfricanTech TS Rookie Posts: 69

    If it is counterfeiting, I hope they get burned out of existence. In the 3rd world we get caught with counterfeit products regularly - sold at just under the Apple premium price thus fooling people into thinking that it's genuine because the price isn't "too good to be true".
  13. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,160   +829

    Indeed in the case of bad parts passing as apples is no good, but according to story writer you can't find any of the so called parts apple is suing for in any of their web sites, maybe they took them down after the initial sue.

    Will keep repeating the same, I hope apple gets burned for this anyhow :p
  14. alexandrionel

    alexandrionel TS Enthusiast Posts: 94

    Apple has problems when companies infringe their patents but what about when they do it? For instance the famous Iphone name is registered to another big company (it is not important who but if you are curious you ca google it).
  15. swilllx2p

    swilllx2p TS Rookie Posts: 127

    I would agree with a lot of you and say that I hope apple gets burnt on this...but come on really? The other company is trying to pass there stuff off as genuine apple product. Developing a third party part thats way cheaper and advertising it as a third party part is great. Trying to play it off as a apple part is just wrong and apple has every right to be upset.

    As for the Ford car comparisons that went on..Can I go to a junk yard and piece together my own car from who knows what, slap on a Ford logo and sell it as such? Or say I start a buisness and manufacture my own cars brand new, make them as close to looking like fords cars as I can and then sell them saying they're Fords?
  16. AbsolutGaloot

    AbsolutGaloot TS Rookie Posts: 92

    I'm sad that Apple hasn't figured out yet that their stuff is way too expensive, and instead of making it more affordable they just do crap like release a new shuffle that only can be controlled by the special in-line headphone chip, to force you to buy their $50 headphones.
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