Apple sued over iPod nano, iPod touch patent infringement

“Apple last week was sued for alleged patent infringement in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan,” Thomas Claburn reports for InformationWeek.

“The lawsuit, filed on behalf of inventor Henry Milan by Detroit-based law firm Butzel Long, claims that Apple’s iPod nano and iPod touch use Flash memory in a way that violates U.S. patent No. 6,991,483,” Claburn reports.

“The patent in question, ‘Flash memory drive with quick connector,’ describes the union of a Flash memory drive and a connection port in a single unit that can be easily adapted to connect to a varied set of devices,” Claburn reports.

“The lawsuit seeks treble damages for willful infringement and an injunction against the sale of the iPod nano and iPod touch,” Claburn reports.

Full article here.

[Attribution: MacNN. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]


  1. It’s truly unbelievable how vague this patent was, and that the Patent Office actually issued a patent on this “brilliant” idea is really ridiculous. What’s wrong with that office of late? It is granting patents for blatantly obvious ideas to people who have no connection to these technologies and industries.

  2. Apple should relocate their sue-able section to England, then if the maroons who sue, lose; they have to pay ALL court costs. That’s one of the rules courts should employ in the USA. Get rid of the ambulance chasing scam lawyers.

  3. Steve,”It is granting patents for blatantly obvious ideas to people who have no connection to these technologies and industries.

    It’s the ‘government’ Steve. Most of the maroons in government are already retired, or might as well be. I was in the patent office in Washington once. What a laugh!! Look at C-Span and see all the dunderheads milling around in the Senate. The 5 or 6 fat people standing by the door are stewards, they don’t mill around. They just stand there waiting for pay day.

  4. How the hell did this jack-ass get this patent approved in 2006?????. Didnt Apple have a patent on the ipod years before? Apple should sue the USPTO for idiocy for allowing this patent. When will it end?????? (Can you sue for idiocy?). Time for a tall glass of Camel Milk.

  5. Soooo, He didn’t invent “flash drives” and didn’t invent “the concept of adaptors”, but somehow invented “flash drive adaptors”. Ugh!

    Ooh! I need some of that iPod money too! Is it too late to invent, let’s see… Hmm, how ’bout, “A casing enclosure to encase electronic components in an, um, case.” That should work. Mr. Jobs, please send the checks to…

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