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Emblaze warns Apple of infringement over video streaming app

updated 02:30 pm EST, Wed December 2, 2009

Company claims to own rights to streaming tech

Emblaze has warned Apple that a new app for the iPhone and iPod touch infringes on Emblaze's US patent related to media streaming technology. Although the company did not provide the name of the app in question, Apple on Tuesday approved an app, Knocking, that is the first to allow live video streaming, on the 3G network, directly from one device to another.

Knocking was initially rejected by Apple for utilizing private APIs. The app developer allegedly contacted Steve Jobs and an unnamed executive later approved the title, claiming the nod came "directly from the top."

Emblaze recently announced its own mobile platform, known as ELSE, that will allegedly integrate the patented technology for streaming video between devices.

Emblaze claims to be open to licensing its technology to Apple. The Israeli company has set a deadline at December 15th for the iPhone maker to respond. Interestingly enough, the Emblaze announcement makes no mention of attempting to contact the app developer for a licensing agreement.

by MacNN Staff





  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Broken Software Patents

    Probably another overly broad software patent that's not worth the electrons it takes to display it. Damn you, USPTO!

  1. Marook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Call Knocking!

    Why do they contact Apple? They haven't made, or sold the App!
    Do they also contact Fry Electronics when Samsung breaks their patent? Get a life!

    Ohh, and a patent about streaming content between devices? So now all TV streaming on the internet is at stake? Come on, make some original stuff, patent the codec or YOUR code, not the idea.. It's SO stupid! "Video send from one device to another - Why original, PATENT!"


  1. Loren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not a big fan

    Most of the Emblaze software I tried years ago kinda sucked.

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