Recently, Apple Park’s legal desks agreed with two new envelopes containing files relating to two very different aspects of Apple products.
The first one, as reported by the Hollywood Reporter, has to do with the resource Season Pass, from the iTunes Store. For those who are not familiar, it is a tool that allows users to buy the entire season of a series before its completion (or even before it starts) – by paying in advance, new episodes are downloaded to your account as well become available, and you receive an email notifying you that the new content is ready to be watched.
The point is that a group of consumers felt hurt by the tool due to a particular aspect of it: Apple has the habit of displaying, at the time of purchase, the total number of episodes that the consumer is purchasing, but that number also takes into account promotional clips or other content that does not constitute “real” chapters of the series in question. As a result, a class action was filed in a California federal court; Apple is being accused of deceptive advertising, unfair competition, fraud and other crimes under US law.
One of the complainants claims to have purchased a Season Pass from the series “Genius: Einstein” for $ 25 with the impression that he would receive 13 episodes of the production; in fact, there were 6 episodes (which is the total number of chapters of the season, remember) and 7 promotional videos. Similar cases have been reported by plaintiffs with series such as “Killing Eve”, “The Americans” and “Westworld”.
The text of the lawsuit states that “until Apple redesigns its iTunes Store, or is prohibited from continuing to make false or misleading representations, plaintiffs and other consumers will continue to suffer this continued loss.” The Apple did not comment on the matter.
The second process of the day reaches a completely different area of the company – that of hardware. How did you bring AppleInsider, Apple is being sued for an alleged patent infringement in the technology of dual camera applied to several of your recent iPhones, from the iPhone 7 Plus until the iPhone XS Max.
The lawsuit is being filed in a Northern California district court, and the plaintiffs are Yanbin Yu and Zhongxuan Zhang, a duo that claims to have registered in 1999 (!) a patent describing technology similar to that used by Apple in its most expensive smartphones. The patent describes “digital cameras using multiple sensors with multiple lenses” to improve image quality, and provides technical details on how the proximity of two different lenses can be used to capture “different intensity” images, one used to improve the other. .
Apple, for its part, also has its patent registering the intellectual property of dual cameras – its application for registration, however, was filed in 2008 and granted in 2012. The complainants claim to have contacted Apple in 2011 to notify them about the “coincidences”, but conversations with the legal department of the Apple fell apart after some time without a satisfactory solution, according to them.
Yu and Zhang are asking for damages to be paid for the years they say were hurt by Apple’s infringement; the Apple, in turn, did not comment.
via Apple World Today