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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. 5,710,906, Patent No. 5,813,036 and Patent No. 6,405, 291.

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 to Apple.

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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By bozilla on 1/18/2007 9:15:41 PM , Rating: 3
Not to bash Apple, but I've reached a conclusion that Apple doesn't really invent anything. They just get all hot technologies and put them in a well rounded product. Because of this they get hit by these lawsuits that keep popping up.

In one way, this is bad, because Apple is basically copying everything and as shown is using these technologies and patents without prior notice.

On the other hand, this is really a good way of thinking because they watch all the hottest stuff and join it together in a nice package that just works.

If they were only less greedy and play nice and legal by giving aknowledgment to the real creators of many technologies Apple claims their own, everything would be great and they wouldn't be hit by lawsuits.

RE: Interesting
By Shadowself on 1/19/2007 2:05:53 AM , Rating: 2
Apple has supposedly filed over 200 patents on the things used in the iPhone alone -- some of which have been granted already. So clearly Apple is inventing something.

In reality, most technology is an evolution. Innovation is usually along the lines of how things are put together -- think of Apple's iPod. Even the most recent versions don't have anything 100% new compared to various technologies available before the first iPod shipped. However, it was a different implementation that allowed Apple to patent specific aspects of the iPod -- and which made it a hot seller.

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