Premier International alleges Apple iTunes breaches patents

The Inquirer reports that Illinois firm, Premier International, is suing Apple for claimed breaches of two of the company’s patents. “Premier took action in a Texas district court earlier this month alleging that Apple breached its patent numbers 6,243,725 and 6,763,345. These patents, claimed Premier, have been incorporated into iPod, iTunes and PC product lines. The first of the patents is a list building system granted in June 2001 for building an inventory of audio, musical, and audio visual works. The second is also for a list building system, granted on July 13th 2004.”

Full article here.

United States Patent #6,243,725 here.
United States Patent #6,763,345 here.

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37 Comments

  1. Yeah. I’ve been writing lists and using computer databases to make lists and organize them for 20 odd years. Perhaps I should sue everyone who stile my idea!

    MW: help. Help! I can’t take this patent nonsense any more.

  2. What amazes me is that it takes firms so long to file a suit. Why now?
    iTunes has been around for quite some time…

    MW Word “instead” as in I wish Steve Jobs owned Microsoft instead of Bill Gates

  3. First patent seems fairly old – over 4 years. Second one is merely 16 months. How could the iPod or iTunes breach a patent that was not granted before they were created?

    In general, the patent office is granting patents to too many generalities these days. It seems that one can apply for a patent on an idea that may be useful in the future, but that the patent holder really hasn’t designed yet. Then, they just sit back and let technology do its thing and eventually someone will have invented something close enough for the patent holder to sue on.

  4. The functionality described in that patent is of creating a playlist of audio or audio/video files that can be stores and played on demand. iTunes (and every other media player out there, for that matter) has been able to do this well before June 2001. Nice try, guys.

  5. UGH! WE ARE NOT MAKING ANY PROGRESS IN CLEANING UP THIS NATION IF UTTER MORONS FILE STUPID FSKING LAWSUITS ARGHHHHH! GOD DAMNIT THEYRE STUPID!
    STUPID
    STUPID
    STUPID!!!
    THEY SHOULD JUST THROW THIS CRAP OUT- BUT NOOOO IT’LL STAY IN COURT FOR A MONTH AT LEAST AND BE IN THE NEWS EVERYWHERE!!! WHEN WILL THIS NIGHTMARE END?

    (I hate politics and the court system as you can plainly see. Oh, and jealous losers and stupid people, too)

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