U.S. News | Cub Club Investment Sues Apple for Copyright Infringement

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Cub Club Investment, LLC. (CCI), owned and operated by Katrina Parrott, an African-American businesswoman has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas against Apple for copyright infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant illegally copied Cub Club innovations portraying racial diversity to the world of emojis.

The plaintiff reportedly said that Katrina Parrott and her team developed iDiversicons emoji app in 2013 which enable users to choose from five skin tones.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the innovation is the world’s first diverse emoji created and it owned the rights to more than 20 copyrights protecting various emoji characters and has three pending patent functions.

According to the plaintiff, the app is sold on Apple’s App Store and iTunes with versions compatible to iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

The plaintiff reportedly said that CCI pursued a partnership deal with Apple for iDiversions innovations. In the course of getting this deal, the plaintiff reportedly gave two senior Apple software engineers, a very close look at its technology including providing a thumb-drive of iDiversicons creations to one of the senior Apple software engineer.

The plaintiff reportedly said Apple released its emoji designs with 5 pores and skin tone pallet selector as an addition to iOS 8.3 in 2015 with near-identical designs to CCI five-skin tone keyboard modifier pallet.

The plaintiff reportedly accuses the defendant of trade dress infringement, unfair competition, misappropriation, and unjust enrichment.

CCI is seeking a court order stopping Apple from using her work and unspecified money damages based on the tech giant’s profits, and her lost business opportunities from the alleged copyright infringement.

The case is ongoing.

Cub Club Investment, LLC v. Apple, Inc.

Judge: Alan D Albright
Court: Texas Western District Court
Case #: 6:20-cv-00856
Nature of Suit: Copyright 
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: Sep 18, 2020
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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