The ITC is investigating Apple after a complaint was filed by Creative for alleged patent infringement

Creative announced today that the International Trade Council (ITC) has initiated an investigation into Apple's alleged patent infringement against Creative over the called "Zen patent". Creative claims that the Zen patent covers the user interface used in its own line of Zen MP3 players and that Apple has copied the interface for use with the iPod family. The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Creative Labs and Creative Technology Ltd. on May 15, 2006.

Creative earlier this year sued Apple for patent infringement claiming Apple violated a patent the company filed in January 2001 the patent was approved by the USPTO in August of last year. Many claim that Creative is acting like a patent troll and only suing Apple now because the iPod and not the Creative Zen family is the dominate music player on the market today.

Apple quickly counter-sued Creative claiming the company infringes on Apples own patents covering the display of data, the editing of mobile data on a desktop PC and computer icons. However, as DailyTech reported last month Creative claims that apple never mentioned the patents in question while Creative and Apple were in discussions with each other.

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
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