Creative gets $100 Million out of Apple

By Justin Mann on August 23, 2006, 8:31 PM
Creative has finally gotten their way in court over a dispute concerning a patent they applied for about a year ago, and now Apple will be forking out $100 Million to them. The patent, which covers the way an mp3 player sorts music based on metadata, was quite controversial. The most interesting thing to me was that Creative claimed they were not focusing on the legal side of the patent. For not focusing on the legal side, they sure were quick to take Apple to court.

It's possible for Apple to be reimbursed based on Creative's future dealings, if Creative gets certain deals with manufacturers. The settlement supposedly handles “all” disputes between the two companies, but who knows. When you can't beat them, sue them.

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slake said:
It's about time apple get's it. Now Jobs will get it from the shareholders for his illegal reporting.
zephead said:
ahh, the ipod has nothing on creative's mp3 players (zen or nomad)i don't know who creative thinks thay're kidding by saying that they're not intent on the legal issues here...
Julio said:
$100 million is a lot of money and I can see Apple appealing this decision, unless of course they know Creative has good patent coverage and they are better off settling at this point. Actually this is kind of a settlement although Apple is likely not happy about cashing out that kind of money.
Didou said:
It isn't a kind of settlement, it's an actual settlement. I myself was curious to see if all the prior-art that Apples owns for such hierarchical menus on Apple software would've helped them brush off Creative's attack.When will the US patent system get a makeover ?
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