Apple and EFF secure podcasting win as Supreme Court refuses case from patent troll

“Wrapping up a long-running patent fight over podcasts, the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear Personal Audio v. Electronic Frontier Foundation, handing victory over to the latter — and by extension, companies like Apple and Google,” Roger Fingas reports for AppleInsider.

“Personal Audio, often labeled a patent troll, has for years been making demands from podcasters like Adam Carolla and targeting major tech firms like Apple. Podcasts take their name from Apple’s iPod, and the company was instrumental in embracing the name and serving as a distributor through iTunes,” Fingas reports. “Carolla raised some $500,000 from his supporters to fight his case, ultimately settling out of court. Personal Audio did manage to win $8 million from Apple for violating two related patents.”

Fingas reports, “With the Supreme Court weighing in, Apple’s prominence in the podcast space is likely to remain firm. ”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We hope to finally see a podcasting solution for Apple Watch from Apple in watchOS 5, which we expect to be previewed at WWDC 2018 next month.

The best way to play podcasts from your Apple Watch – February 9, 2018
Apple’s iOS devices continue to dominate Android in podcasting with 82% of listeners – July 20, 2015
Apple finally wins patent for podcasting – August 22, 2012
Personal Audio sues Apple over iOS 5 music playlists – October 15, 2011


  1. Patent reform should be high on everyone’s agenda.

    Legitimate inventors can get lost in the shark tank and thieves – like Samsung – can profit for years before ever getting a reckoning in court. Then non-practicing entities add to the burden on the legal side of any business.

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