Adding to the company’s now voluminous legal problems, Apple was targeted today in a lawsuit by the makers of the popular soap-on-a-rope line of products.
Claiming that Apple has infringed on a patent owned by them, Soap-On-A-Rope Inc. is seeking damages and an injunction against the sale of the iPod shuffle and iPod nano.
“We clearly own the patent on white sort of rectangles that dangle from a rope,” said Soap-On-A-Rope Inc. CEO Walter Mortenson. “Apple has stolen our intellectual property.
“And dammit, I wish people would stop laughing when I say that!”
Apple denied that soap-on-a-rope was any kind of influence on either the shuffle or the nano.
“It’s absurd to think that just because both look almost exactly the same that there is any kind of connection,” said an emphatic Senior Vice President of the iPod division Jonathan Rubinstein.
Rubinstein’s message would have been more convincing, however, if he had not been wearing nothing but a thick terry cloth robe with a towel wrapped around his head and an iPod shuffle dangling from a lanyard about his neck.
Soap-On-A-Rope Inc. is seeking over $18 billion in lost sales.
“We believe that most of the sales of the iPod shuffle and the iPod nano are to confused consumers looking to purchase wearable personal cleansing products,” Mortenson said.
Mortenson said that he himself had fallen victim to Apple’s obvious ploy and would have have returned the shuffle he bought, but he really likes that song Laffy Taffy by D4L.