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Texas company sues Apple over interface designs

updated 11:05 am EDT, Fri May 14, 2010

Affected products could include broad array

Submitting through a court for the Western District of Texas, Austin-based MONKEYmedia has filed a new patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. In particular, Apple is accused of violating three patents related to MONKEYmedia's "Seamless Contraction" interface technology: one for document summary, another for RSS readers, and finally one for video players displaying multiple versions of text or AV content. MONKEYmedia is asking for an injunction, back royalties and other applicable damages and expenses.

Several components of Mac OS X are said to make use of the patents. These include DVD Player, the Front Row media browser, and the Summary Service, which creates document descriptions of adjustable length. Also cited in the case is Safari, which has an RSS reader that can scale visible article length. Any Mac with the above software pre-installed could potentially be considered infringing.

Apple faces a raft of lawsuits at present, targeting many different products for a variety of reasons. One of the most serious ones comes from HTC, which has countersued Apple claiming that the iPhone and other devices violate patents relating to power management and phone dialing interfaces. Apple's allegations against HTC have involved touchscreen technology.








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  1. Mike Richardson

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    An idea

    I know this was filed in West Texas, but what about that one court in Marshall, Texas where a bunch of the patent suits have been filed. The idea is that they can file anywhere infringement took place (i.e, anywhere a Mac or iPhone was sold).

    Why not just pull all sales out of Marshall? Then no infringement takes place, and they can't file there anymore.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    Payback

    Well, Apple has patented a bunch of interface ideas they've used, and threatened or attacked small competitors with them. I swear the American Bar Association is bribing the USPTO to grant idiotic patents, just so the lawyers can profit from these lawsuits. Software interfaces are not an invention, and they shouldn't be patentable in the first place. While they are, however, it's only right that big companies like Apple who typically hold all the cards in this game get a taste of their own medicine.

  1. cwsmith

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    comment title

    patent trolls! everybody's looking for a free lunch

  1. Zanziboy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    MONKEYmedia

    I wish companies like this would just die.

  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Just a thought

    "One of the most serious ones comes from HTC, which has countersued Apple claiming that the iPhone and other devices violate patents relating to power management and phone dialing interfaces."

    Wow, HTC is getting desparate. Normally this sue and counter sue works out that each company shares patents and cross licenses its stuff..... BUT..... Apple does not cross license.!! PERIOD. Just ask Nokia. :-)

    These should be interesting to see how they pan out.

    Just a thought,
    en

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: Just a thought

    Wow, HTC is getting desparate. Normally this sue and counter sue works out that each company shares patents and cross licenses its stuff..... BUT..... Apple does not cross license.!! PERIOD. Just ask Nokia. :-)

    I don't know. Apple paid a cool 100 million to Creative to license the iPod UI after being sued.

    Read more: http://www.macnn.com/articles/10/05/14/affected.products.could.include.broad.array/#ixzz0nwFqlISj

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