Droplets Patent Lawsuit Targets iTunes, Apple Web Sites

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Anther day, another patent lawsuitDroplets has jumped into the patent lawsuit game by suing Apple over iTunes, the Apple movie trailer Web site, and other Apple sites. The company claimed Apple’s use of servers to deliver content through Web apps are covered by patents it owns, and that the Mac and iPhone maker isn’t paying licensing fees.

Along with Apple, the lawsuit also names Google, Yahoo!, and Facebook.

The patent (6,687,745) describes a “system and method for delivering a graphical user interface of remote applications over a thin bandwidth connection,” and was filed in 2000.

Droplets sells its own product called Droplets User Interactive Server for delivering Web and network-based applications, and lists companies such as IBM and Borland as clients.

The company filed its lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court in the Eastern District in Texas, which is known for favoring plaintiffs in patent infringement cases. Unlike other many other patent cases filed in that court, however, Droplets is selling a product based on its own patents instead of simply acting as a patent holder.

Apple has not commented on the filing.

[Thanks to Patently Apple for the heads up.]

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Comments

geoduck

The company claimed Apple?s use of servers to deliver content through Web apps are covered by patents it owns,

So they say they own the rights to using servers to deliver content through the web?

Really Gracie?

I’m sorry but just when I think this patent BS has gotten as stupid as it possibly could, here comes Droplets.

John Dingler, artist

Now we are getting a better understanding for the reasons for Apple’s higher profit margins. *S*

John Dingler, artist

By the way, CAPTCHA with Hebrew letters? Come on!

Lee Dronick

By the way, CAPTCHA with Hebrew letters? Come on!

That’s meshugeh!

RGKahn

How do you get a patent that is so generic as what has been described here. Here is a web site http://www.bitlaw.com/patent/requirements.html that will explain what you can and cannot do in regards to getting an idea patented.
Here is a sample on “Novelty (Newness) Requirement”
“In order for an invention to be patentable, it must be new as defined in the patent law. This novelty requirement states that an invention cannot be patented if certain public disclosures of the invention have been made. The statute which explains when a public disclosure has been made (35 U.S.C. Section 102) is complicated and often requires a detailed analysis of the facts and the law. The most important rule, however, is that an invention will not normally be patentable if:

the invention was known to the public before it was “invented” by the individual seeking patent protection;
the invention was described in a publication more than one year prior to the filing date; or
the invention was used publicly, or offered for sale to the public more than one year prior to the filing date.”

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