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Apparently Klipsch is suing Monoprice

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57576411-38/monoprice-a-tech-consumers-best-friend-or-a-copycat/

It's not over headphone copying, but it about copying speakers, and both companies do make headphones, and it's still pretty interesting.

Also related to the article. Anyone have both the Monoprice 8323 and the Kicker HP541? How do they compare?
post #2 of 18

Lawsuits are getting out of control.  It seems every corporation is suing every other corporation.  Just look at the cell phone wars lead by Apple and Samsung.

post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by hodgjy View Post

Lawsuits are getting out of control.  It seems every corporation is suing every other corporation.  Just look at the cell phone wars lead by Apple and Samsung.


I blame Apple. Every other company is just taking advantage of the bullschit patent infringements that floats around in the US. What's funny is that 80% of the infringements Samsung/Apple claimed infringed one another don't even exist.

post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
Lawsuits are getting out of hand, but I sorta think Klipsch has a point.
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"Nearly everything -- from the finish, to the placement of the drivers, to the positioning of the speaker connectors -- is identical,"
post #5 of 18

 Although that is true, Monoprice is just hindering on the sales made perspective ratio to the profit Klipsch is making. In other words, one company is using techniques from another company to there advantage.

post #6 of 18

Most companies have a division that their only function is to generate revenue from suing people. GE, IBM, Microsoft etc. At one time, majority of TI's profit came from enforcing IP. With that said, I do not believe Monoprice actually designed their wares and is aware of any patent infringement. Like most consumer companies, they most likely just sourced their product through the same Asian supplier. I mean you can copy the design and the look, but where are you going to get the drivers? If they are going to copy stuffs, why they did not choose better products. They could have cloned the HD800, Wilsons, B+W instead. Imagine a $50 clone of HD800 or $500 Wilson puppy and they're not just look alike.

post #7 of 18

You're right, Monoprice probably doesn't do any designing.  But, the sales people need to know what they're selling, especially if it's a clone of another product.

post #8 of 18
About Klipsch and Monoprice, there's a Taiwan-based company selling both the same product... Who's to blame?
post #9 of 18
All that lawsuit will do is sell MORE Monoprice speakers.
post #10 of 18

Precisely.  I didn't even know they sold that line of speakers.

 

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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

All that lawsuit will do is sell MORE Monoprice speakers.
post #11 of 18

I am now really curious now about who is making what. Maybe we can get a real good deal on a same product with a different badge. As long as I can get a good quality product, I don't care what the label say.

post #12 of 18

There is no one to blame.

 

You either sue, or the faulty U.S patent system comes and bites you in the arse.

 

The faulty system has encouraged/required these battles to be duked out.

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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post

 

You either sue, or the faulty U.S patent system comes and bites you in the arse.

 

 +1.

post #14 of 18

Klipsch should sue themselves for putting out craptacular products such as the s4i and charging nearly a hundred dollars for them.
 

post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by newphones View Post

Klipsch should sue themselves for putting out craptacular products such as the s4i and charging nearly a hundred dollars for them.
 

Sennheiser, AKG, Koss, Denon, Audio Technica, Sony should all sue themselves for ____ and ____ by that logic.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/650818/new-sennheiser-amperior-chinese-new-year-edition

 

Example.

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