Wednesday, August 31, 2005

iPod in Patent Violation?

Creative was awarded patent number 6,928,433 yesterday which covers the user interface found in most current MP3 players.

Referred to as the "Zen Patent" by Creative, it describes a method of selecting a single audio track by navigating through a hierarchy of three or more tiers. Sound familiar iPod users?

Creative states that they had sold nearly 100,000 NOMAD players using technology covered by the patent a full 13 months before Apple's announcment of the iPod.

Sounds like litigious speak to me.

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