Apple iPod Sued for Infringement16 May, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Creative Technology, a Singapore-based consumer electronics manufacturer, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple Computer and its ubiquitous iPod.
The suit, filed May 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that the interface allowing users to store and locate songs on the iPod, iPod Nano and iPod Mini violates a U.S. patent held by Creative.
The company is seeking a cease and desist order that would preclude Apple from the sales, marketing and importation of the iPod.
Creative also requested that the U.S. International Trade Commission investigate whether Apple violated provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930 when it imported and sold the iPod in the U.S.
“The iPods and iPod Nanos sold by Apple are specifically configured to access and display music loaded by the user in ways that infringe the asserted complaint,” according to the complaint reported by the Houston Chronicle.
Apple has sold more than 50 million iPods since launching the device in 2001 and controls almost 80% of the portable music player market.
An Apple spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.