Apple and Immersion reach a settlement after legal battle over 3D Touch and Taptic Engine patent infringements

Immersion, a company which supplies haptic feedback technology to a number of manufacturers, announced today that it had reached a settlement with Apple, the company it had filed a lawsuit against, back in 2016.

Apple's Taptic engine under the MacBook Pro's trackpad. Image: Apple

Apple's Taptic engine under the MacBook Pro's trackpad. Image: Apple

Immersion in a statement added that apart from the settlement, the two companies have also entered into license agreements, the terms of which were not allowed to be disclosed.

The company had slammed Apple with a lawsuit in February 2016 stating that its devices were infringing on two of its patents because of its implementation of haptic feedback technologies such as 3D Touch, Force Touch, the Taptic Engine inside the Apple Watch, and vibration patterns for ringtones and notifications.

The list of devices being referred to here included almost all of the devices Apple was selling at the time. This included the Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, the Apple Watch Edition as well as the force touch trackpad on MacBooks.

The settlement would come as a relief for Apple who, at the time, was staring at a nationwide sales ban in the US on all its devices infringing on the patents after Immersion filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission.


Updated Date: Jan 30, 2018 18:14 PM