Apple Sues To Save Its iPod

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 2:52 am

With Apple set to introduce new media distribution technology at next week’s Macworld Conference, the company on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against Burst.com Inc. to protect its burgeoning digital content delivery and iPod empire.

“Burst.com approached Apple claiming that some of our products violate their patents. But we don’t agree,” an Apple spokeswoman said in a prepared statement. “Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to resolve the disagreement with Burst directly. So we’ve asked the court to decide.”

To Richard Lang, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Burst.com, Apple’s rejection of his company’s claims represents something of a double standard. “Big companies love patents as long as they’re not owned by someone else,” he observes.

Apple is seeking a declaratory judgment from the court that its products do not infringe upon patents held by Burst.com. Apple declines to specify which products are the focus of the dispute. Burst.com says it has been pursuing licensing for Apple’s QuickTime, iPod, and iTunes products, including Apple’s iTunes Music Store.

Source: informationweek


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