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Apple faces patent lawsuits over iTunes, iPod

Apple has recently been confronted by two companies that say Apple is infringing on their patents with its popular iTunes and iPod products.

A Hong Kong-based company called Pat-rights claims its holds a patent on the digital rights management (DRM) process that Apple uses in the iTunes Music Store and iPod. The company is demanding 12 percent of Apple’s gross revenue from iTunes and iPods. Pat-rights said it will file a lawsuit on March 21 if the company and Apple do not reach an agreement before then.

Meanwhile, Illinois-based Advanced Audio Devices, has reportedly sued Apple, claiming that the company’s iPod violates one of its patents. A Chicago Tribune article is scant on details, but the paper does say that Advanced Audio told Apple in December that the iPod infringed on its “Music Jukebox” patent. Apple “ignored [Advanced Audio’s] attempt to seek a business resolution,” the federal suit said.

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Well, I invented music. You all owe me.

Everybody loves a spurious lawsuit….

Posted by greasytunes in UK on March 8, 2005 at 5:48 AM (CST)


Greasy!  You did?  I always thought it was Barry Manilow.  Who’s suin’ who?

Posted by Capnquirky in Shell Pile New Jersey on March 8, 2005 at 6:27 AM (CST)


Yes, it’s up to the courts to decide the merits of this HK company’s claims. But, FYI, the reason for seemingly expansiveness of the claim against Apple is standard practice. You sue everybody and everything remotely involved for an amount larger than you really expect you may receive if you win, because you know that in the process, everything will get pared down. It’s basic negotiations. One side will start higher than reasonable, the other lower than reasonable with the intent that you come to a happy medium both parties are agreeable to.

And, of course, you would sue someone who’s making big bucks off your alleged patent. There’s no point in suing someone who has no money. You just lose out more money on legal/lawyer fees. Duh.

Posted by jinzo-ningen on March 15, 2005 at 2:09 PM (CST)

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