Plantronics Bluetooth Earbud Patent Silenced In Aliph Row

Law360, New York (March 26, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Friday tossed communication headset maker Plantronics Inc.'s patent infringement suit against Aliph Inc., ruling that the patent on Bluetooth earbuds was invalid because it covered obvious design features.

The decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernard Zimmerman ends a three-year suit, in which Plantronics argued that Aliph's Jawbone series of Bluetooth earpieces — which featured an in-ear receiver and a support system that used the anatomy of the ear to keep the headphone in place — relied on protected design elements and...
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