updated 10:10 am EDT, Fri May 16, 2008
Apple sues over iPod gear
More frequently a target in legal disputes, Apple has filed a lawsuit of its own against general manufacturer Atico International. Atico is accused of a variety of patent infringements related to iPods, including ones for remote controls, the Universal Dock and three dock adapters; it is additionally accused of trademark infringements, involving the iPod mark and image, and perhaps most importantly the Made for iPod trademark, as Atico is said to be operating outside of the official Made for iPod program.
Atico products are sold under a number of different brands, such as the Living Solutions line sold at Walgreens stores. There the company has stereos, speakers and clock radios with built-in iPod docks. Apple's lawsuit was filed in the Delaware District Court, where no judge has yet been assigned to the case.