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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, March 13, 2008
News Categories: Apple

ZapMedia Services has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple over iTunes and its related media players such as the iPod. According to ZapMedia, the suit comes after multiple attempts to resolve its concerns with Apple, including offering Zap’s patents for license. In question are U.S. Patent Numbers 7,020,704 and 7,343,414, each of which is entitled “System and method for distributing media assets to user devices via a portal synchronized by said user devices.” The suit was filed in the Marshall Division of the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. “The Complaint alleges that ZapMedia Services’ property is being exploited in a manner which is unlawful, and by law ZapMedia Services is therefore entitled to a reasonable royalty on Apple’s revenues related to the infringement,” said Steven G. Hill, of Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP, lead litigation counsel to ZapMedia Services. Robert J. Frohwein, general counsel of ZapMedia Services, said, “When someone takes our vision and our intellectual property without a license after several attempts, we have no option but to protect it through every means available to us.”

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1

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Posted by alexarch in Dallas, TX on March 13, 2008 at 8:53 AM (PDT)

2

ZapMedia… why don’t you try making money like everyone else… through hard work.

Posted by Chief on March 13, 2008 at 9:57 AM (PDT)

3

Zapmedia are infringing on my patented idea of getting money out of Apple by making up silly copyright breach claims…an idea I invented after reading about someone else doing the same thing the last time this kind of story shoed up on tyhis news page. Zapmedia…I have instucted my solicitor to make a claim for £1.23 in compensatory damages and £100,000,000 in punitive damages.

Posted by Rob on March 13, 2008 at 11:58 AM (PDT)

4

And further to my claim outlined above….my solicitor said that I also have a claim for Zapmedia’s blatent breach of copyright on my patented idea to have a company name starting with the letter Z. My solicitor is SO confident that we will win this case he was laughing as he told me all about this breach.

Posted by Rob on March 13, 2008 at 12:10 PM (PDT)

5

“System and method for distributing media assets to user devices via a portal synchronized by said user devices.”

Oh yes, the iPod is the only product that does that. Seriously, why does the government allow ridiculous products like this? These guys probably patented this “idea” years before anything like it appeared just so they can sue the company that uses it.

Posted by Bill M. on March 13, 2008 at 4:32 PM (PDT)

6

...and yet the Jury awarded the xxx company that sued Blackberry for more than $500 million….

Hope it won’t happent o Apple

Posted by Chuck C. on March 13, 2008 at 4:36 PM (PDT)

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