THX Ltd., a high-fidelity audio / video reproduction company developed by “Star Wars” producer George Lucas, has filed a lawsuit against Apple over stealing speaker technology that is currently being used in iPhones, iPads and iMac products, reports Bloomberg. The company has accused Apple of using its patented speaker unit that can boost sound output and attach to computers or flat-screen TVs.
According to the complaint filed in federal court in San Jose, California, Apple products that incorporate the speaker units infringe the THX patent, causing the company “monetary damage and irreparable harm”. THX is now seeking a court order to stop the alleged infringement and a reasonable royalty or damages to compensate for the company’s lost profit.
Marika Knapp, a spokeswoman for THX, has declined to comment on the legal matter.
THX, which was once a part of Lucasfilms, is known for developing a set of standards and a certification system for theater sound systems to ensure the sound quality of “Star Wars” movies could be reproduced for moviegoers.