“Apple and its iTunes store has been grouped with a number of mainstream media outlets in a new lawsuit regarding a patent of distribution and processing of information online,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.
Online News Link, a California-based company, holds claim to U.S. Patent No. 7,508,789, which covers the transmission of digital information through a broadcast channel and bi-directional channel,” Hughes reports. “‘Defendant Apple infringes, either directly or indirectly, through its operation of iTunes and the email and Web-based products, systems, and services offered via iTunes,’ the suit, filed in a U.S. District Court this week, reads.”
Hughes reports, “The patent was granted on March 24, 2009… In addition to Apple, Online News Link’s suit targets Dow Jones & Company, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes Media, Forbes.com, TheStreet.com, Morningstar, A.H. Belo Corporation, and The Dallas Morning News. The suit was filed in the Eastern District of Texas, where complainants often file in hopes of a favorable outcome.”
MacDailyNews Take: Rocket Docket.
Full article, with Online News Link’s patent illustration diagram, here.