Emblaze lawyer claims Apple pushed sports leagues to infringe video patent

“Apple Inc. pushed organizations such as Major League Baseball to adopt its format for streaming live video, causing them to infringe a patent for the technology, a lawyer for Emblaze Ltd. told jurors at the start of a trial,” Joel Rosenblatt reports for Bloomberg.

“Martin Pavane made his opening statements today to a federal jury of five women and four men in San Jose, California. U.S. District Judge Paul S. Grewal before the trial limited Emblaze’s case to seven video-streaming services, such as MLB.com’s ‘At Bat’ and WatchESPN,” Rosenblatt reports. “Apple began working on its HTTP live streaming service, or HLS, ‘no earlier than 2007,’ demanding that services such as ‘At Bat’ use the format to drive sales of iPhones and iPads — and inducing infringement of Emblaze’s patent, Pavane said. ‘Apple’s HLS is nothing more than Emblaze’s patented solution under a different name,’ he said.”

“Earlier this month, Apple beat back a patent claim over technology in wireless networks from Golden Bridge Technology, Inc. — a ‘non-practicing entity,’ or patent holder, which doesn’t make a product,” Rosenblatt reports. “It now faces a similar claim from Emblaze.”

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  1. This country needs Intellectual Property reform.

    I’d like to see Congress have IP cases filtered through some sort of administrative wing of the USPTO, kinda like the EEOC is supposed to weed out labor cases. Half of these trolls would be thrown out on the street, flat on their asses, at less cost to Silicon Valley’s innovators.

    1. Total agreement.
      Then I read this nightmare today:

      Staunch opponent of reform tapped to head US Patent Office

      Big pharma killed the patent bill, and now a favorite son will head the USPTO.

      The Obama Administration intends to nominate Philip Johnson, the head of intellectual property at Johnson & Johnson, to be the next director of the US Patent and Trademark Office. The selection is a setback for the tech sector and a seeming 180-degree turn on the patent issue for the Obama administration, which was pushing Congress to pass patent litigation reform just months ago.

      Yet another Obama SELL OUT!

      The old school Corporate Oligarchy rules the USA. Screw ‘We The People’ as well as obviously We The Inventors And Innovators.


      1. Goddamnit, Obama pulled this shit with the FCC too.

        Comes to show you, you can’t rely on any of these loser political parties. You just need to rely on your values, reason, and convictions.

            1. There are experts in hospital administration from whom to choose. There are expert doctors. There are experts in the military. So a former housewares and cleaning products CEO is appointed to work out the horrific problems with a military health system? It simply comes off as throwing some random corporate oligarch at the problem. What the?! There is no sense at all in the appointment.

            2. Seems like the expert hospital administrators, expert doctors and expert military people who have worked for the VA so far haven’t done a very good job. Maybe it’s time to try something else.

            3. “Something else” is what they’re getting. As for there being any ‘experts’ at the VA at this time: Obviously NOT with this happening. The depth of insanity that’s been destroying the point of having the VA is unforgivable. I’d never call anyone involved any kind of ‘expert’.

        1. Same with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mary Jo White is the chair of the SEC. She’s a former lawyer who “represented corporate clients like Bank of America and Morgan Stanley at the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton.”
          Surprise, surprise, she doesn’t move forward on policies that would prevent banks and other powerful corporations from buying our politicians using shareholder money. She doesn’t even enact policies that would force them to let shareholders _know_ that’s where the money is going.
          Read it and weep: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/30/washington-political-power-corporations-campaign-donations
          Not can corporations buy our supposed representatives, they can do it without telling anyone, even those who have shares in the corporation.

  2. I’m surprised this case made it this far. I evaluated Emblaze back as early as the late 90s. It was crap.

    Not only was there prior art, but the prior art was much better.

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