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Apple Sued for Copying Businesswoman’s Diverse Emojis Idea

(Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. was sued for allegedly copying an innovation credited with helping bring racial diversity to the world of emojis, those ubiquitous characters used as shortcuts to express emotions in digital communications.

Katrina Parrott, an African-American businesswoman, debuted her copyrighted method for letting users choose from five skin tones to color a line of emojis — known as iDiversicons — on Apple’s App Store in 2013 and on iTunes in 2014.

Parrott claims Apple stiff-armed her pursuit of a partnership deal after a series of 2014 meetings and communications between herself and two senior Apple software engineers, who got a close look at her technology. Apple released its own five-skin tone keyboard modifier pallet in April 2015, and downloads of Parrott’s iDiversicons dropped.



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Katrina Parrott

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In a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Waco, Texas, Parrott

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Apple sued for copying businesswoman’s idea for diverse emojis

Apple Inc. was sued for allegedly copying an innovation credited with helping bring racial diversity to the world of emojis, those ubiquitous characters used as shortcuts to express emotions in digital communications.

Katrina Parrott, a Black businesswoman, debuted her copyrighted method for letting users choose from five skin tones to color a line of emojis — known as iDiversicons — on Apple’s App Store in 2013 and on iTunes in 2014.

Parrott claims Apple stiff-armed her pursuit of a partnership deal after a series of 2014 meetings and communications between herself and two senior Apple software engineers, who got a close look at her technology. Apple released its own five-skin tone keyboard modifier pallet in April 2015, and downloads of Parrott’s iDiversicons dropped.

In a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Waco, Parrott accuses Apple of infringing her copyright and trade dress, misappropriating her ideas and technology, unfair competition

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Eversource sued for $10M, as consultant says big utility crushed his small firm by refusing to pay for work performed

A small father-and-son consulting firm in Rocky Hill has is suing for at least $10 million in damages from Eversource after the big utility suddenly stopped paying for work performed this year, resulting in the furlough of nearly all the consultant’s 13 employees and imminent insolvency.



Tzi Ma et al. standing in front of a window posing for the camera: Loon-Kar Tan, left, and his son, Alan Tan, at the Rocky Hill offices of PenangBenny Consulting, their limited liability corporation, which is suing Eversource for $10 million based on a claim that the utility has refused to pay for work they performed


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Loon-Kar Tan, left, and his son, Alan Tan, at the Rocky Hill offices of PenangBenny Consulting, their limited liability corporation, which is suing Eversource for $10 million based on a claim that the utility has refused to pay for work they performed

PenangBenny Consulting LLC — co-owned by founder-president Loon-Kar “Benjamin” Tan and his son and chief operating officer, Alan Tan — filed the lawsuit in Superior Court in Hartford this week.

The Tans claim Eversource told them to keep performing work and submitting invoices in the months after its contract expired at the end of

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