Apple Inc. has been sued for patent infringement by EZ4Media Inc., an Illinois maker of wireless set-top boxes in a lawsuit filed December 16, 2008 in Illinois Northern District Court (1:2008cv07192).
The company said Apple TV, AirPort Express, and Macintosh computers infringe on patents EZ4Media acquired from Universal Electronics Inc. in March.
EZ4Media says Apple was able to get at its technology by hiring former Universal Electronics employees Nick Kalayjian, Bruce Edwards, and Wendy Goh in the Q205 while it was developing Apple TV. Apple TV was unveiled on September 12, 2006 and began shipping on March 21, 2007.
EZ4Media is seeking damages and an injunction.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]