Luxpro countersues Apple for $100 million over iPod shuffle knockoff

“Luxpro, a Taiwanese electronics company that won a lawsuit filed against it by Apple over an imitation of the iPod shuffle, intends to countersue Apple for $100m in damages,” Kathrin Hille ireports for The Financial Times.

“‘We plan to sue Apple in a Taiwanese court before the end of the month and demand $100m in compensation for the revenues we have lost due to their abuse of their global power,’ Wu Fu-chin, Luxpro chairman, told the Financial Times,” Hille reports.

“In March 2005, Luxpro created a stir at the CeBIT technology show in Germany when it presented an MP3 player that looked similar to the iPod Shuffle,” Hille reports. “…In July 2005 Apple asked the Shihlin District Court in Taipei for an injunction that would ban Luxpro from manufacturing or selling the product. The injunction was granted a month later.”

“Luxpro appealed and won subsequent lawsuits in the Taiwan High Court and the Taiwan Supreme Court,” Hille reports. “Luxpro estimates that it has lost revenues of about $100m because of the temporary ban on manufacturing and selling the Tangent.”

Full article here.

AppleInsider has a full copy of Luxpro’s press release, “David vs. Goliath: Apple Computer Inc. Loses Lawsuit, Luxpro Technology Files US$100 Million Compensation Claim” here.

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Luxpro alters iPod shuffle look-alike music player, renames it ‘Super Tangent’ – March 31, 2005
Report: Luxpro ‘Super shuffle’ knock-off of Apple iPod shuffle a publicity stunt – March 21, 2005
iPod shuffle rip-off maker Luxpro’s Chairman: patents do not cover appearance – March 15, 2005
Apple moves to stop CeBIT presentation of Luxpro’s ‘Super shuffle’ iPod shuffle rip-off – March 14, 2005
Attention Apple Legal Dept: Luxpro debuts blatant ‘iPod shuffle’ rip-off called ‘Super shuffle’ – March 10, 2005

37 Comments

  1. Making the products look so similar and using the “shuffle” name is a pretty clear case of trademark infringment in the US, where the potential for customer confusion is the benchmark. Under US law, too, you can’t be sued for filing a non-frivolous lawsuit. (There are penalties for filing frivolous complaints, but if something goes to trial it is pretty much de facto not trivial.)

    I have no idea what Taiwanese law is, but it’s unlikely that that pseudo-state has any real pull over Apple unless Apple decides its Taiwanese connections are worth more than 100 mil.

  2. My Microsoft Word quit suddenly preventing me from getting some work done today. I am going to sue MS for $100 Million. While I am at it I will sue Apple for $100 million for allowing my Mac to let Word crash.

    Man oh man…I am liking this I think

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