Apple faces business method suit

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    "The patent covers a system where gift cards for all sorts of goods could be sold at physical stores, then redeemed online by recipients of the cards. According to the claim, the couple contacted Apple in 2005, when the company released iTunes Custom Cards that were very similar to the (not yet issued) patent.

    iTunes gift cards (available at retail, redeemable online) have been available since at least 2003, so there's prior art from Apple and very likely a host of others predating that."

    This won't last long.:rolleyes:
  3. TEG
    macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    Aside from this being on Engadget on Thursday, this may have some merit. The patent is for the purchase of a physical media (like a gift card) that is for the redemption of a particular product (like a certain album). Most people have though that this covers the regular dollar amount gift cards, it does not. Apple has been selling cards at Starbucks for particular albums and that is what the patent covers. Some people have suggested that this should also apply to things like the X-BOX Live Cards, however, nothing is recieved in that deal, only access to the network, unlike the iTunes cards which allow you to download an album and then do (nearly) anything you want with it.

  4. macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Are you telling me there will be nitpicking over this? What a waste of MY tax money.
  5. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Interesting... the patent talks in a few places about the idea that the device validates the user as eligible in a broad sense (e.g. old enough) to receive the content. But it isn't clear that Apple has ever used this kind of concept. I thought the Starbucks cards required an iTunes account? The iTunes account verifies certain aspects of eligibility (e.g. U.S. residency).

    But then again, this is all debatable. And debatable equals litigatable! :rolleyes:

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