Creative has requested that the U.S. court block sales of Apple Computerís iPod devices, on the grounds that they violate a patent held by Creative. They claim to have been the inventor of the user interface software used by most portable digital media players, including the iPod.
Additionally, Creative claim that Apple has been in violation of U.S. trade law by importing the players into the U.S., and they believe that this justifies a halt of iPod sales in the U.S. Therefore, their lawsuit seeks to stop Apple from selling iPods and seeks unspecified financial damages.
Apple was not available for comment.