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I'm not sure how this could have caused "monetary damages" to THX. They don't actually 'make' anything, they just pretty much sell the licence to write 'THX' on AV kit...

You must not understand what a patent is then. It protects ideas, you don't have to make the product to have thought of the idea for something.
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I like how they added the Founded by George Lucas part lol just so in case your a G.L fan and have no other interest in the article other than the fact his name is in it..

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It would be awesome if as part of the settlement, all affected Apple products are forced to display a THX logo at startup.

Before Apple would do/allow that they would offer fixes in all Apple stores for free. They already have top notch store support they would not even think twice for it's customers/business image.









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You must not understand what a patent is then. It protects ideas, you don't have to make the product to have thought of the idea for something.

And that is what to us consumers? Having a idea and never using it... and when someone actually uses it then you throw a fit.. oh that's so cool. I don't have problems with patents I just think patents should be thrown out if you don't even use the stupid thing to begin with. That's like patenting the toaster but not actually ever making a toaster and when someone decides to actually use it and make a toaster I start to complain.
Edited by adamkatt - 3/18/13 at 7:12pm
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I like how they added the Founded by George Lucas part lol just so in case your a G.L fan and have no other interest in the article other than the fact his name is in it..
Before Apple would do/allow that they would offer fixes in all Apple stores for free. They already have top notch store support they would not even think twice for it's customers/business image.
And that is what to us consumers? Having a idea and never using it... and when someone actually uses it then you throw a fit.. oh that's so cool. I don't have problems with patents I just think patents should be thrown out if you don't even use the stupid thing to begin with. That's like patenting the toaster but not actually ever making a toaster and when someone decides to actually use it and make a toaster I start to complain.

Thrown out after some time, perhaps. Is that what you meant?
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I'm not sure how this could have caused "monetary damages" to THX. They don't actually 'make' anything, they just pretty much sell the licence to write 'THX' on AV kit...

They don't just hand out those licenses...
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You must not understand what a patent is then. It protects ideas, you don't have to make the product to have thought of the idea for something.

I understand what a patent is, but if Apple had not used this type of speaker, THX would have suffered no monetary loss.
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They don't just hand out those licenses...

They pretty much do now. As long as your product does the required things for the THX certification, they hand you the licence. It's not based on say, how good aloudspeaker sounds, but how good it measures within the tolerances of the THX certification. When it comes to home cinema amplifiers, as long as your amplifier can manage the 7.1 with no issues, you pretty much get a pass as long as the amp is fully working. It's not hard to pass at all.

There are £500 Onkyo THX-Certified amps that sound like crap. They're built to be THX certified, not to actually be good. But we're going a bit off topic here so I'll leave off it.
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Thrown out after some time, perhaps. Is that what you meant?

Thank you, this IS what I meant. Holding patents that go unused and let's be honest were probably never were going to be used by THX is ridiculous. THX is not benefiting from it since they aren't using it (probably never plan on it either) and the consumers can't use it either. Essentially it's a dead idea.
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Wow, so someone actually gave THX a patent on a miniature folded horn enclosure. That's pretty ridiculous.

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Thank you, this IS what I meant. Holding patents that go unused and let's be honest were probably never were going to be used by THX is ridiculous. THX is not benefiting from it since they aren't using it (probably never plan on it either) and the consumers can't use it either. Essentially it's a dead idea.

Yep I agree big time. It may also drive innovation because companies will be pushed to utilize their ideas before they "expire".
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I understand what a patent is, but if Apple had not used this type of speaker, THX would have suffered no monetary loss.
They pretty much do now. As long as your product does the required things for the THX certification, they hand you the licence. It's not based on say, how good aloudspeaker sounds, but how good it measures within the tolerances of the THX certification. When it comes to home cinema amplifiers, as long as your amplifier can manage the 7.1 with no issues, you pretty much get a pass as long as the amp is fully working. It's not hard to pass at all.

There are £500 Onkyo THX-Certified amps that sound like crap. They're built to be THX certified, not to actually be good. But we're going a bit off topic here so I'll leave off it.

and yet at the very least THX gets advertising since those devices are clearly marked as THX certified.
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I wonder if Bottled mineral waters makers are going to sue Apple also

I present to you..... the iWater

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