Apple settles patent lawsuit with Intertainer

“Apple Inc. settled a patent suit with online movie distributor Intertainer Inc. of Santa Monica,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

“Apple and Intertainer asked a federal judge in Marshall, Texas, to throw out the dispute over Intertainer’s patented video-distribution technology. Terms of the accord weren’t disclosed,” The L.A. Times reports. “‘They came to us with an offer and we thought it was acceptable,’ Intertainer Chief Executive Jonathan Taplin said. ‘I am very happy.'”

The L.A. Times reports, “As part of the settlement, Apple got a nonexclusive license to use the technology, said Taplin, who’s also a professor at USC. Microsoft Corp. and Comcast Corp. had previously agreed to license the technology, he said.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Joe” for the heads up.]

One year later, one less patent troll with which to bother.


  1. The focus behind Intertainment is here for all to see:
    See any names that look familiar?

    “Intertainer is the pioneer in the Video on Demand Business. Founded in 1996, Intertainer developed, and successfully secured patents for VOD technology that enabled consumers to order and view film, television, and music at home simply and affordably. Its shareholders include Comcast, Intel, Microsoft, NBC, Qwest and Sony. “

  2. Do you idiots ever even bother using google?

    Intertainer isn’t a patent troll. They had the first on demand over IP movie business (think that might have given rise to a patent or two) and had contracts with the studios and actual customers buying service from them.

    The studios then opened their own service, movielink, and squeezed Interntainer with ever-increasing licensing fees to a point where Intertainer allegedly was paying $188 to the studios for each $3.99 movie sale. They closed down, the studios’ service flopped, and now Apple, Amazon, etc. are jump starting the idea again.

    I dislike patent trolls as much as anyone–but it is unfair to call someone a troll who actually implemented an idea, had customers, and then got forced out of the business because the bigger guys wanted to take it over.

    MDN’s absolutely wrong on this one and ought to retract its take.

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