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Lawsuit: Apple Infringed on Flash Patent with iPod nano/touch
Monday, April 28th, 2008 at 10:30 PM - by
Apple Inc. is infringing on a Flash memory-related patent in its iPod line, according to a lawsuit filed by Henry Milan. The patent covers a method of connecting Flash memory to a computing device, and the lawsuit claims that Apple's iPod touch and iPod nano violate that patent.
The patent was issued on Jan 31st, 2006, and filed on November 12th, 2004. The iPod nano was introduced by Apple on September 7th, 2005, before the patent issue date, but after the application date.
Named "Flash memory drive with quick connector," the patent describes a fairly specific method for connecting Flash memory to a computing device in a way that makes the Flash memory module usable in a variety of devices using standard connectors.
The suit was filed in the Michigan Eastern Federal Court District, and seeks triple damages, as well as an injunction against Apple seeking to stop shipment of the iPod nano and iPod touch. InformationWeek reported that attorneys at Butzel Long, the law firm handling the suit, do not necessarily intend to actually pursue an injunction. Such language is often standard practice when filing suits, whether or not it is feasible.
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