Apple Hit With Patent-Infringement Lawsuit Over iPod Nano

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courtroomApple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has once again become the target of a patent-infringement lawsuit. A China-based intellectual property firm has filed a patent-infringement complaint against Apple over the iPod nano, reports Patently Apple. Dragon Intellectual Property, LLC holds a patent titled, “Simultaneous recording and playback apparatus” that was filed in 1994. In the complaint, Dragon IP alleged that “Apple has directly infringed Claim 1 of the ‘444 patent by using, importing, selling, and offering to sell iPod Nanos with FM radio.”

As stated in the patent, Claim 1 covers “A recording and playback apparatus for the substantially immediate and seamless resumption of interrupted perception of program information based upon audio or video signals, or both, without missing the program information presented during the interruption.” The patent also describes a “record key and a playback key,” as well as a “storage medium having structure which enables substantially random access to information stored in said medium.”

According to the filed complaint, Dragon IP asked the court for “compensatory damages in an amount according to proof, and in no event less than a reasonable royalty.” The intellectual property firm also requested interest on any damages award as well as the costs of the lawsuit. Finally, Dragon IP also asked the court for an injunction that would forbid Apple “from further infringing the ‘444 patent.”

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