updated 11:55 am EDT, Fri June 15, 2007
Apple licenses UI
Settling a patent dispute that was brewing in the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas with respect to certain, unnamed Apple products, Acacia Research has announced that Apple will now license specific GUI technology from its IP Innovation subsidiary. Though neither Acacia nor Apple is disclosing precisely what technology was licensed, Acacia controls 71 patent portfolios covering technologies in varying areas like audio/video enhancement and synchronization, broadcast data retrieval, data encryption and product activation, digital media transmission (DMT), digital video production, interactive data sharing, interactive television and more.
Acacia previously put several universities on notice for purported violation of digital media transmission patents, for which the schools had to pay wide-ranging licensing fees to continue usage.