A lawyer representing Apple Inc. recently sent a letter to a handful of industry distributors claiming that some mobile charger products they sell are in violation of patents and trademarks that Apple currently owns.
“It has recently come to Apple’s attention that [company] is offering for sale and selling promotional items that infringe Apple’s intellectual property rights in its iconic USB power adapters, cables and other accessories,” said the letter, which is signed by Robert Potter from law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. “Patent law prohibits the unauthorized making, using, selling, offering for sale and/or importing of any products that incorporate a patented invention.”
The products in question are charger cables (both the eight-pronged and 30-pronged ones) that can be plugged into Apple products like iPhones, iPads, and iPods, as well as the square chargers that have a USB opening on one end and plug into an electrical socket on the other. In the letter, Apple claims to have patents on both and is asking companies to immediately stop selling these items if they are unauthorized products.
Ultimately, the letter sent on behalf of Apple is asking industry companies to “stop offering for sale, selling or distributing all infringing products, including without limitation 8-pin and 30-pin products, as well as USB adapters.” It also asks distributors to detail their inventory of these products, as well as sales records of the items and the “identities, locations and contact details of all manufacturers, suppliers or distributors” from which they purchased the allegedly infringing products.
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