Reviews - February 5, 2024

Waltham inventor sues Apple over Apple Watch bands

The owner of Boston Inventions, LLC, claimed that Apple infringed on its 2017 patent for the features of two Apple Watch bands.

February 5, 2024 11:01 AM EST | Updated February 5, 2024 12:18 PM EST

WALTHAM, Mass. — A Watch City-based company is suing Apple, claiming it infringes one of its patents for two Apple Watch band features.

Boston Inventions, LLC. filed suit in district court, alleging that the patent infringement stemmed from a 2017 patent the company obtained for a “hybrid mechanical and magnetic fastening system.”

In particular, Boston Inventions believes Apple is using its technology in two products: the “Apple Watch Leather Link” and the “Fine Woven Magnetic Link.” The company says these two models infringe on its patents, but the lawsuit notes that they are sold in at least two colors and a variety of case and band sizes.

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According to the lawsuit, Boston Inventions contacted Apple, notifying it of the infringement and offering it the opportunity to license or purchase the patents.

In response, Apple “feigns ignorance and presents vague claims regarding non-infringement and invalidity.” [patent]and simply states that a license is not required to blatantly continue to infringe Plaintiff’s patents.”

Boston Inventions is seeking both monetary compensation from Apple and interest on that compensation in its lawsuit. The company also pursues jury trials.