After Apple was sued by Apple Corps for broking an agreement they made a few years ago, it’s time for Creative to trouble Apple.
Creative filled a complaint requesting that the Commission institute an investigation of whether Apple Computer Inc. has violated a patent regarding Zen.
The orders sought would prohibit Apple Computer Inc. from engaging in sales, marketing, importation or sale after importation into the United States, or other infringing activities in the United States with regard to the infringing iPod and iPod Nano products.
Creative also filed a lawsuit today against Apple Computer Inc. in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California that seeks an injunction and increased damages for Apple Computer Inc.’s willful infringement of the Zen Patent.
The United States Patent Office issued the Zen Patent to Creative on August 9, 2005 for its invention of the user interface used by most portable digital media players, including many of the Creative Zen and NOMAD(R) Jukebox MP3 players and competing players such as the iPod, iPod Nano and iPod mini.
It seems that the patent was developed by Creative’s engineers in Scotts Valley and addresses the challenges of convenient organization and access of songs on high-capacity portable digital media players. The same patent was used on Creatives’ NOMAD jukebox player and Zen Vision:M.
How will Apple handle this trial we will see and keep you informed.