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Apple goes to court over Burst patents

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.




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  1. DeepDish

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    enough law suites

    Apple, if you truely owe it, pay up. Burst, if you are trying to make a quick buck, s**** up. Tired of the truth being determained buy the amount spent on lawyers. OJ hires good lawyers, gets off. Guy down the street can't hire the same lawyers, goes to jail.

    Somebody needs to invent a reliable truth machine.

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What I don't understand.

    I don't know much about this situation, but on a basic level, there are two possibilities here.

    1) The company has a great way to deliver media and they fairly patented it. Which also means there are other ways to distribute media which some other smart person could come up with and do it legally.

    2) This is another broad patent that somebody was awarded which keeps anybody from doing a very basic task and it shouldn't be patentable in the first place.

    The fact that they have over 40 patents makes me think the later is true. One general patent didn't cover what they wanted so they just kept patenting until they had all the holes patched.

    Can anybody clarify this situation better?

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