Apple and Koss have settled their wireless headphone patent dispute shortly before trial. As Reuters Remarks, the two said Saturday in federal court in Waco, Texas, that they had reached a settlement over Koss’s claims that Apple infringed patents related to wireless audio technology. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but the two companies said they had made peace on “all disputed matters.” The trial should have started today.
Koss sued Apple, Bose, JLab, Plantronics and Skullcandy in 2020 over allegations that wireless earbuds and headphones like AirPods copied technology from the Striva line of WiFi audio devices. In filing the lawsuit, Koss argued that competitors would have to “catch up” on his early work and pay compensation. Apple countered, arguing that Koss’s patents were invalid.
Lawsuits against Bose, Skullcandy and others are pending. While it’s unclear whether these cases will move ahead given this settlement, there’s little doubt that Apple and Koss were anxious to avoid a courtroom argument.
We’ve reached out to Apple and Koss for comment and will update when we receive feedback.
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