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Submission + - Google and Apple sued over online video patent

Oddscurity writes: "El Reg reports Intertainer, Inc. filing a lawsuit against Google, Napster and Apple. The company alleges their 6925469 patent for a 'Digital entertainment service platform' is infringed upon by the offerings of the named companies, and seeks an injunction and unspecified damages.

The suit was filed with a Texas court, of course. Too bad Intertainer hasn't been made aware that software patents put an industry at risk, happily announcing their intention to become Yet Another Patent Troll (tm). But as noted in the article: "Intertainer did not file the application for the patent in question until 2001, five years after the company was founded and after some companies were already offering video and audio material for download. That delay in filing could complicate the company's claims.""

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