Apple Sues Sanho Over Patent Infringment

If you listen closely, you can hear the drums of war beating once again. Follow the sound on the wind and you’ll be led to the faraway land of Cupertino where it’s clear that Apple is none too pleased with Sanho Corporation, makers of the increasingly popular line of HyperMac external battery products for just about every Apple product under the sun. It seems that Apple’s beef stems from the fact that many of the products from the HyperMac line include MagSafe connectors for connecting to power-hungry MacBooks, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops. In addition, they also utilize Apple’s 30-pin dock connector to move juice from their batteries on to every iOS device under the sun. This might not be an issue if Sanho had asked permission to do so. However, as you may have guessed by now, they didn’t.

According to Ars Technica, Apple’s suit against Sanho was filed on September 9. Apple’s case would appear to revolve around the fact that for as integral as the MagSafe adapter and 30-pin connectors are to their line of external battery products, Sanho Corporation never bothered to purchasing the rights to use them from Apple. Worse still, through Sanho’s own admission, they’re not even manufacturing their own MagSafe connectors, opting instead to utilize recycled ones produced by Apple instead.

Sadly, the issues surrounding Sanho’s use of the 30-pin connector could have been avoided had they simply ponied up the dough for a license to use Apple’s connector technology in their wares. However, with Apple refusing to license their MagSafe technology to anyone at this time (thanks for pointing that out, Scott!), we could be left with no external battery solution for our MacBooks.

We’ll just have to wait and see how this one plays out.

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