updated 03:55 am EST, Fri January 6, 2006
Apple goes to Court
Apple has turned to the courts for relief, after patent licensing talks broke down with if it were to introduce a "storage locker service" to help store and distribute video.
"Burst anticipates responding to the complaint and filing a counterclaim for patent infringement shortly. Burst remains committed to the enforcement of its intellectual property and looks forward to successfully resolving this litigation through a license covering Apple's QuickTime, iPod and iTunes products, including Apple's iTunes Music Store."
Burst.com holds reportedly nearly 40 video distribution patents, which have already been licensed by Microsoft in 2004 for nearly $60 million dollars In early 2005, Burst settled its patent and antitrust suit against Microsoft with Microsoft taking a license to Burst's patents and paying a lump sum of $60 million. Since the Microsoft settlement, the company has been in patent licensing discussions with several companies engaged in the distribution of audio and video content on computer networks.