OPTi Initiates Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Apple
January 18, 2007 5:58 PM
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Apple gets taken to court over infringements again
OPTi Inc. today announced that it has
filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc. for patent infringement
. According to OPTi, Apple infringed on not just one but three patents. All three patents are part of what OPTi refers to as "Predictive Snooping of Cache Memory for Master-Initiated Accesses." Apple appears to have infringed on three patents in that family: U.S. Patent No.
, Patent No.
and Patent No.
According to OPTi, Apple infringed on the above patents by utilizing Predictive Snooping technology in its line of Mac servers, desktops and laptop computers. OPTi is currently waiting on a jury trial with Apple and is pursing patent infringement lawsuits with other unnamed companies as well.
So far in 2007, Apple has been met with more than one lawsuit.
Cisco recently filed a lawsuit against Apple
for trademark infringement of the "iPhone" trade name. Having trademarked "iPhone" many years before the
actual Apple iPhone
was conceived, Cisco said it is protecting its intellectual property rights. Cisco's consumer arm
Linksys released its own iPhone several weeks prior
Apple defended itself by claiming that Cisco's lawsuit was "tenuous at best," and it believes it will come out of the case with a victory. Despite Apple's optimistic outlook, analysts and legal experts believe that Cisco will win a straight forward case.
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RE: What next..?
1/18/2007 9:07:52 PM
A bit off topic, considering the nature of the suit that promulgated this article, but under trademark law, Cisco could force apple to drop the iphone moniker, if the courts find that concurrent use of the mark by apple and cisco is likely to cause confusion.
RE: What next..?
1/18/2007 9:30:50 PM
As well as receive any potential profits Apple gained by using the name, albeit briefly, any damages Cisco may have suffered, and possibly court costs...just some of the perks of owning a registered trademark ;)
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