Apple sues Burst.com as it plans to launch new services

Apple sues Burst.com as it plans to launch new services

Apple Computers is said to be planning to launch a new media distribution technology sometime next week at the Macworld Conference. And to prevent any legal hassles from originating from this new service launch, they have filed a lawsuit against Burst.com Inc. in a pre-emptive strike over a patent dispute between the two companies.

The Macintosh maker said in a statement: “Burst.com approached Apple claiming that some of our products violate their patents. But we don’t agree. Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to resolve the disagreement with Burst directly. So we’ve asked the court to decide.” Burst.com on their part claims that this is a part of double standards on behalf of Apple Corporation, which misuses patents for its own advantage all the times.

Richard Lang, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Burst.com said in a statement: “Big companies love patents as long as they’re not owned by someone else.” Apple is now expecting to receive a declaratory judgment from the court over the fact that they do not break any patents owned by Burst.com. The company being sued claims that they have been pursuing Apple since quite long over patent disputes over products like Apple’s QuickTime, iPod, and iTunes.

Burst.com might get some favor from a similar dispute against the software giants Microsoft who had to pay them $60 million for licensing similar technologies being used in their software applications. Apple is trying to save the hassles by indulging in court rulings to deny Burst.com their share of the royalty as per the statements released by them.

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