updated 11:10 am EDT, Wed August 4, 2004
iTunes patent dispute
, Tiscali, HMV, On Demand Distribution, and Satellite Newspapers, further reinforces the validity of our patents. Given our continued success, we have identified additional companies that are infringing upon our intellectual property, both in the U.S. and abroad, and will seek the necessary legal actions to ensure that our rights are enforced worldwide."
E-Data says it has intensified its focus in the U.S., where its has already secured more than 30 domestic licenses and has received a favorable decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on November 6, 2000 - supporting the scope of the company's patents. The company says it is continuing to alert additional companies to their need for a license under the Freeny patent and is analyzing the activities of others.
As part of the renewed focus, E-Data also announced plans to pursue litigation against 14 companies in the US who it claims violated the Freeny patent prior to its expiration. Those companies include Cinemark USA, Inc., Regal Entertainment Group, the Thomson Corp., International Data Group., Amazon.com, Movietickets.com, Inc., Ticketmaster, Marcus Theaters, Fandango, Inc., Franklin Electronic Publishers, The New York Times, Hallmark Cards, Inc., American Greetings and NewsBank.