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The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) yesterday announced that it has agreed to investigate claims made by Apple last month against Kodak over alleged patent infringement.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain digital imaging devices and related software. The products at issue in this investigation are digital still cameras, digital video cameras, and related software.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Apple Inc., f/k/a Apple Computer, Inc., of Cupertino, CA, on April 15, 2010. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of digital imaging devices and related software that infringe patents asserted by Apple. The complainants request that the USITC issue an exclusion order and a cease and desist order.
Apple filed the complaint in response to lawsuits and ITC complaints filed by Kodak against Apple and Research in Motion back in January. The ITC agreed in February to investigate those complaints.


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Meanwhile, former user interface design studio MONKEYmedia yesterday announced that it has filed a patent lawsuit against Apple alleging infringement of three of its patents. MONKEYmedia CEO Eric Bear also took the opportunity to echo the words of Apple CEO Steve Jobs from the press release announcing that Apple had filed suit against HTC in early March.
MONKEYmedia today filed a lawsuit against Apple, Inc. for infringing claims in three of MONKEYmedia's Seamless Contraction patents. Apple's infringement involves its user interfaces for document summarization, RSS readers and video players that can display multiple versions of text and/or audiovisual content. The lawsuit was filed in the Western District of Texas - Austin Division.

"We can sit by and watch Apple continue to use our patented inventions without paying, or we can do something about it," said Eric Bear, MONKEYmedia's CEO. "Synergy between inventors and manufacturers is healthy, and we love that Apple believes in our technology. We simply prefer open communications and fair compensation."
MONKEYmedia exited the user interface design business in 2001 and since that time has been focused on leveraging its patent portfolio.

Article Link: Apple Patent Litigation Updates: Kodak and MONKEYmedia
 

Tones2

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It's probably pointless to keep posting these back and forth patent lawsuits as Page 1. It just generates the exact same comments and at this point, and is almost too silly to even care anymore. This should be Page 2 stuff.

Tony
 

HiRez

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Are we going to look back on this era some day as The Patent Wars? The whole thing is getting really ugly. A lot of companies are trolls looking to siphon a few bucks out of the successful Apple, or competitors seeking to slow down their momentum. Apple is not totally blameless either, the HTC lawsuit was probably a big mistake as the high road is realistically not an option for them anymore.
 

Rot'nApple

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I DID build that!
MONKEYmedia exited the user interface design business in 2001 and since that time has been focused on leveraging its patent portfolio.

If at first you don't make it big time, sue, sue again! :rolleyes:

It's probably pointless to keep posting these back and forth patent lawsuits as Page 1. It just generates the exact same comments and at this point, and is almost too silly to even care anymore. This should be Page 2 stuff.

Tony


MR needs to create a "Litigation Tab" between "Page 2" and "iPhone" so as to keep score and see what is new in the Soap Opera I like to call, "As the World..." opps, can't use that, I might get sued! :D
 

JayLenochiniMac

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Normally I'd side with MONKEYmedia, but since it's now nothing more than a patent troll, I hope Apple wins. Patent reform really needs to happen to get rid of those trolls.
 

ThunderSkunk

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Another day, another iphone lawsuit.

Did Apple do any patent research before they built this thing?

"I had an idea"

"I had an idea too, and I risked fifty million dollars and years of development turning it into a real product and bringing it to market"

Who gets the $?

Lawyers. Great.
 

hayesk

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"leveraging its patent portfolio" is business-speak for "becoming a patent troll".

I don't know how much merit this case has, and I don't really care, but why isn't anyone doing anything about patent reform?
 

sportguy0913

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I hope monkey media wins against apple. Apple needs to stay out of the kitchen if it can't handle the heat.

Why should monkey win if they do nothing except say "oh we have a patent for this and you infringed so pay us, even though we don't do anything else except hoard patents". At least apple is adding to the world instead of sitting on their butts and suing people.

"leveraging its patent portfolio" is business-speak for "becoming a patent troll".

I don't know how much merit this case has, and I don't really care, but why isn't anyone doing anything about patent reform?

I say if you do nothing to add to the world then you should lose your patent privileges.
 

patent10021

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Let me be the first to say, "Let's stop this monkey business". :p


Don't be afraid to be corny.
 

Wondercow

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I hope monkey media wins against apple. Apple needs to stay out of the kitchen if it can't handle the heat.

What on Earth do yo mean? This makes no sense as Apple has been able to "handle the heat" of lawsuits since the '80s. Not to mention that you seem to support Monkey Media just because they're against Apple. What is it with people who want Apple to lose just for the sake of Apple losing?
 

Fidgetyrat

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We REALLY need patent reform. I'm getting tired of companies wasting billions in frivilous lawsuits because they were allowed to patent "Hand held device for viewing video and text".
 

Glideslope

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It's probably pointless to keep posting these back and forth patent lawsuits as Page 1. It just generates the exact same comments and at this point, and is almost too silly to even care anymore. This should be Page 2 stuff.

Tony

Agreed nothing but " Monkey Business" IMO. :apple:
 

elppa

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I find it amusing that companies can be in the litigation business and have lawsuits and their main product. Monkey is about right.
 

ChazUK

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THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!

Monkey must be Bananas to try such tomfoolery against apple.
I hope Apple send them swinging.

(I love puns):D
 

CubusX

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Wwdc 2010

Forget the new iPhone release at the WWDC 2010, thats old news.

Apple will be introducing their new iSue app.

Need a laywer? There's an app for that.
 

casik

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i would argue that MacRumors almost needs a "legal" tab beside the page 2 tab... there are so many lawsuits going on right now!!
 
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