Apple and Koss settle dispute over wireless headphone patents

Apple and Koss have settled their wireless headphone patent dispute shortly before trial. As Reuters notes that the two said in federal court in Waco, Texas on Saturday that they had reached a settlement over Koss’s claims that Apple had infringed patents relating to wireless audio technology. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but the two companies said they had made peace on “all disputed matters.” The trial should have started today.

Koss sued Apple, Bose, JLab, Plantronics and Skullcandy in 2020 over allegations that wireless earbuds and headphones like AirPods copied technology from the Striva line of WiFi audio devices. In filing the lawsuit, Koss argued that competitors would have to “catch up” on his early work and pay compensation. Apple countered, arguing that Koss’s patents were invalid.

Lawsuits against Bose, Skullcandy and others are pending. While it’s unclear whether these cases will move ahead given this settlement, there’s little doubt that Apple and Koss were anxious to avoid a courtroom argument.

We have reached out to Apple and Koss for comment and will update when we receive feedback.

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