Burst Sues Apple, Says iPod Infringes on Patents

Software company Burst.com alleges that Apple's iTunes and iPod products infringe on Burst's video and audio transceiving patents.

Burst.com on April 17 followed up on its promise to countersue Apple, alleging patent infringement in documents filed in a San Francisco federal court.

Apple originally filed suitagainst Burst in January for declaratory relief, alleging patent invalidity or non-infringement. The two companies had been negotiating the issuance of a license to cover Apples iPod and iTunes products.

"Theres no question in the public record of who initiated these methodologies," Bursts co-founder and CEO Richard Lang told Publish.com in January, referring to the several patents under contention. "We spent most of the 90s promoting these methodologies."

Burst settled a patent and antitrust suit against Microsoft last year. Microsoft licensed Bursts patents and paid a lump sum of $60 million. Bursts technology now appears in Windows Media Player.

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