“Apple Inc. asked a judge to throw out patent infringement claims by Burst.com Inc., a software company that says Apple owes it millions in fees for using its patented technology in the iPod music player,” Karen Gullo reports for Bloomberg.
“Burst.com, a three-employee company that lost $533,000 last year, and Apple, which has sold 100 million iPods since 2001, sued each other last year in federal court in San Francisco over patents for compressing, storing and sharing audio and video information at high speeds through computer networks,” Gullo reports.
“‘It’s not some epiphanous, oh my God, when you put all these things together you have an iPod,” Matthew Powers, Apple’s attorney, told U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Patel at a hearing today in San Francisco. ‘That is what they are trying to do to save the core, which is obviously all in the prior art. None of which is invented by Mr. Lang,'” Gullo reports.
“Apple sued Burst.com in January 2006, seeking a court order invalidating Burst.com’s patents. Burst.com said the lawsuit followed a breakdown in licensing talks and countersued Apple in April 2006,” Gullo reports.
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