MONKEYmedia sues Apple for patent infringement

invisibleSHIELD case for iPadMONKEYmedia today filed a lawsuit against Apple, Inc. for infringing claims in three of MONKEYmedia’s Seamless Contraction patents. Apple’s infringement involves its user interfaces for document summarization, RSS readers and video players that can display multiple versions of text and/or audiovisual content. The lawsuit was filed in the Western District of Texas – Austin Division.

“We can sit by and watch Apple continue to use our patented inventions without paying, or we can do something about it,” said Eric Gould Bear, MONKEYmedia’s CEO, in the press release.

Austin-based MONKEYmedia is a privately held user interface design studio turned intellectual property licensing boutique, founded in 1994 by Janna Buckmaster Bear and Eric Gould Bear, a Microsoft and Yahoo! alumnus, respectively.

Source: MONKEYmedia, Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: Licensing squeeze.

And Steve Jobs ought to sue wiseass Eric Gould Bear for plagiarism:

We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it.Steve Jobs, March 2, 2010


  1. Apple will get this monkey off their back in no time. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” /> (There, now the pun is out of the way.)

  2. Interesting, that it was filed in the western district of Texas, not the eastern patent mill. Come on Texas, stand up and squash the two little bears.

  3. this just in…
    Apple goes ape-s#!% on Monkeymedia, buys and sells their monkey-a$$es out if existenceband the world is better for it. Enjoy your retirement in the Bahamas MonkeyMedia!!! and remember it’s best to take a swim in the ocean right after a big meal. and after scuba diving you’ll want to get to the surface as quickly as possible!!

    They probably rightfully have a case. this stuff goes on everyday.

  4. So what happens when two different companies with similar (Ok the same patent with slightly different words) gets sued by both….???

    Do the courts have to figure out which one if any have a valid patent first?? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    Follow up thought. Apple keeps having patents approved. I am guessing that they are stiffing the patent courts with anything tied to their design, but that it takes a couple of years for the patent to wind its way thru the system.

    Just a thought,

  5. Oh the responsibility of thinking of something first.

    That’s essentially what a patent is–proof you thought of something first.

    It DOES NOT mean you made or implemented something first.
    It DOES mean you have to defend your patent from every tom, dick and harry that uses or challenges it.
    It also DOES NOT mean you have the capital defend it.
    It MAY mean you can get paid for infringement by a second party
    it DOES NOT mean that that 2nd party has to stop using it.

    Where my lawyers at??? Is that about the jist of it?

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