When Apple sued computer maker Psystar it didn’t really come as a surprise but this move might surprise some.
Instead of fading away, Psystar has hired California law firm Carr & Farrell, a firm that specializes in intellectual property cases to take on the company from Cupertino and this isn’t their first time going up against Apple.
A couple of years ago Apple and Burst.com were involved in a patent infringement case. Carr & Farrell represented Burst.com, Apple settled, and Burst.com got $10 million.
Could be an interesting fight…
Last December Klausner Technology sued Apple, eBay, AT&T, Comcast and Cablevision over patent infringement over its visual voicemail technology.
All but Comcast and Cablevision have agreed to settle the case and Klausner reports that they are currently in talks with Comcast and Cablevision so this whole thing should be over soon.
No terms of the settlements or licensing deals have been disclosed.
Earlier this month guitar maker Gibson sued Guitar Hero publisher Activision over a 1999 patent for simulating musical performances.
Not content to just wait for that suit, Gibson has decided to sue retailers Wal-Mart, Target, GameStop, Amazon, Toys ‘R’ Us, and Kmart in an attempt to try and get them to pull the Guitar Hero games from their shelves.
In a released statement, Gibson says that they “this action reluctantly, but is required to protect its intellectual property.”
In their own released statement, Activision said “our ‘Guitar Hero’ retailing partners have done nothing wrong…we will confront this and any other efforts by Gibson to wrongfully interfere with Activision’s relationship with its customers and its consumers.”
No response from the retailers, but the game is still on shelves…at least for the time being.
Yesterday’s news about Meizu’s booth at CeBIT getting shut down by police in Hanover was apparently just the tip of the iceberg.
In all, 51 exhibitors at CeBIT were busted at the show for patent infringement with 180 police offers confiscating 68 boxes worth of equipment.
The patents in questions are MP3/MP4 infringement as well as unregistered CD, DVD-R and DVD playback devices.
In case you’re curious, here’s a breakdown by country and the number of offenders:
Hong Kong: 3
and bringing home the gold:
A Utah couple has filed a lawsuit against Apple and Starbucks over the recent ‘Song of the Day’ promotion which offered Starbucks customers an iTunes gift card good for a specific song download from the iTunes online store.
What’s the problem?
They claim to have a patent over what they call “RPOS”, or Retail Point of Sale for online merchandising.
The couple claims that gift cards sold at brick-and-mortar stores that are redeemed for online merchandise is they’re idea.
They allegedly asked Apple to license their patent after it had been granted, but instead Apple seems to have decided to just pull the cards from US locations. The cards remain available in the UK.
What is the couple after?
They want to block the cards from being sold, royalties, and “enhanced damages” to compensate for perceived losses.
Maybe I should go apply for a patent for the process of blogging from a computer while sitting down, then start suing people that don’t license my idea but appear to be making money.
How did patent law get so screwed up?