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Apple faces video, iPhone lawsuits

updated 10:40 am EDT, Wed September 5, 2007

Apple video, iPhone suits

Apple is facing two fresh lawsuits connected to its technology, according to reports. The first was filed by California's MedioStream, accusing Apple of violating a 2006 patent for a "method and system for direct recording of video information onto a disk medium." The patent specifically addresses applying compression and resizing preferences to video, formatting a stream for various TV standards. Because of the broad nature of the claim, all Apple computers are considered in violation of the patent; MedioStream is further suing other system builders, including Acer, Dell and Gateway.

Lawyers for MedioStream suggest that any sale of these infringing computers harms the company's business, and that a jury trial must occur to block future violations and recover financial damages.

The second suit was filed by two private California residents, "Mr. and Mrs. Stiener," who say that Apple deliberately misled consumers as to the practical costs of the iPhone. The couple claims that the iPhone battery only withstands 300 charging cycles, requiring annual replacements that may cost as much as $115. Because this information was only posted online after the June 29th launch, and it is not mentioned in packaging or promotional material, the Stieners say that Apple has broken both good faith and the California Commercial Code. The latter requires manufacturers to define their products in terms of real-world performance.

The suit has class-action status, and should it succeed, both Apple and AT&T will have to pay damages to any affected Californians. Similar, separate lawsuits were filed in mid-August and in late July.




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  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    USPTO?

    Should somebody not be kicking the USPTO in the hole for granting a patent of this kind in 2006 that must be governed by about ten years of prior art! Mind you, I noticed that back in 1997, they granted somebody the patent on car jump-leads!!!!

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    man...

    I love our patent system!!!

    Everyone please watch out for my patent which includes a system of expanding and contracting air pockets within the human body for extracting certain elements such as oxygen.

    so if you decide to breathe today... I can sue you!!

    As for the class action suit. Please.. DO NOT FEED THE LAWYERS!!! Keep your arms and legs as far away from the Lawyers cages as possible. Do not taunt the lawyers in any way. THIS MEANS YOU Mr & Mrs Stiener..

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    patently ridiculous!

    I think this patent will need to be recinded and the patent office sued for damages.

    Fricking stupid!

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    update...

    Just read the patent and aside from the fact that it reads as if it were written by a twelve year old, it is utterly unfathomable how the USPTO granted this. The basis of the claim's originality is that it performs it's cross-conversion function without generating intermediate files, in a single pass. It is easily open to challenge that although their system may not write an intermediate file to disk, the buffering required to compress a video stream to MPEG, certainly creates a temporary intermediate file in memory. This has to be a joke! What date is it? It's not April is it?

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Patents...

    does anyone want to patent a new way to license patents?? :P

  1. JohnnyFive

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    new career choice

    apple's legal team must be making a killing with all these lawsuits... it's a good time to be a lawyer for apple right now... time to switch career paths...

  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    To vague a patent

    To vague a Patent that should not hold up in court. This kind of thing has been going on for several years. Where were they then? Why didn't they protect there content then? Just another company trying to get big money out of others by going to court instead of making a real product! This kind of lawsuit should be outlawed!!!

  1. johncarync

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    what about my patent?

    Great job MedioStream! Enforce your patent!

    I need to start enforcing my patent..."a thing that does stuff with numbers." Hmmm...who should I sue first?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    whew!

    Man, I'm glad to see these. Its been almost two weeks since the last Apple lawsuit. I thought maybe there was some sort of shortage of lawyers in this country.

  1. SSharon

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    not again

    this kind of c*** makes me embarrassed to be in law school. so you know, not all lawyers are this dumb and they really can't be blamed for idiots wanting to sue.

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