Apple Computer sues beleaguered Creative for iPod patent infringement

“Apple Computer, maker of the iPod music player, is suing Creative Technology, raising the stakes in the legal dispute over competing devices,” Bloomberg News reports. “Apple claims Creative Labs, the U.S. division of Creative Technology, infringes four patents in its hand-held digital players. The suit was filed in a Wisconsin District Court on May 15, the same day Creative filed a lawsuit and a trade complaint against Apple.”

“Creative filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking an order to block imports of the iPod, most of which are made in China. A lawsuit the company filed against Apple in District Court in San Francisco is likely to be put on hold while the trade complaint is heard,” Bloomberg reports. “The iPod controls 77 percent of the U.S. market, compared with less than 10 percent for Creative.”

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58 Comments

  1. This is how patents are used these days, sort of like nuclear weapons. It’s a mutually assured destruction sort of approach where if you use your patent against me, I’ll use my patents against you.

  2. Steve Jobs always disliked Creative.

    Creative bought 3DLabs, which made awesome 3D video cards, but wouldn’t but out a Mac version or driver.

    So we 3D Mac users hated them too because we were stuck using lame gamers cards for Lightwave and Maya.

    I hope Apple tears them a new asshole.

    By the way superduper sucks, I can say that because I beleive in free speech and MDN doesn’t. Consider using Tor and deleting your cookies to prevent censorship, right or wrong, we all have the right to judge.

  3. 1. Sue Creative.
    2. Force them to file for bankruptcy.
    3. Buy up their assets especially 3Dlabs.
    4. Profit.

    “Take Creative prisoner and then lead them down the stairs to our secret dungeon,” Steve said condescendingly!

  4. Anyone know what those four patents are? We all know the “hierarchical menu” patent Creative is claiming, but Apple? I can think of two:

    (1) The color white (cos white is the new black, although Apple is trying to make black the new black with the MacBook)
    (2) The rectangular shape of the player

    =)

    Seriously, though, anybody know?

  5. patentwhat?

    I’m guessing it’s more internal parts and stuff. Perhaps the way it looks, too. Hell even the battery indicator on the latest creative is a bite from Apple.

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