After Apple’s entry into the true wireless earbuds market with the AirPods, Koss informed the company of several of its patents it was infringing upon. Koss says it first met with Apple concerning patent infringement in 2017 and again four times. The trial for the case was set to begin on Monday, but both companies told the federal court that they had resolved allegations of infringement. U.S. District Judge Alan Albright dismissed the case with prejudice the same day – meaning it cannot be refiled. Neither Apple nor Koss provided any details about the settlement. Apple isn’t the only competitor Koss went after following the rise of the true wireless earbuds market. Bose and Skullcandy have also been sued by Koss and those cases are now pending in other courts.
Apple and Koss, a maker of headphones, have reached a settlement in their legal battle over a patent. In July 2020, the case was brought against Apple over its Beats headphones and AirPod earphones. According to the document, Koss started working on a wireless earbud product in the early 2000s. However, because of the economy after 2008, its genuine wireless earphones were never made available to consumers. “Unfortunately, Koss’s market position’s economic realities prevented it from realising its ambition for a product based on Striva. Koss’s supply network and client base were particularly affected by international events in the late 2000s and the early 2010s, according to the filing.
According to the 2020 filing, Koss asked for royalties from the sales of AirPods and wireless Beats headphones in the Apple case. Apple’s position was that it did not infringe on any patents held by Koss because those patents were invalid. The company also filed a counter-suit against in San Francisco courts, alleging the original complaint included confidential information about the licensing negotiations the two companies were engaged in.