Apple Sued for Patent Infringement Over iMovie Application

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is being sued by Patent Harbor, a non-practicing entity that claims the Cupertino-based company is infringing on its patented technology with its iMovie application, reports PriorSmart. The patent-infringement claim is based on a 1997 patent titled, “Apparatus and method for assembling content addressable video.” In the filed complaint, Patent Harbor noted that Apple’s iMovie application infringed on “claim 1 of the ‘514 patent.”

As noted in the patent, claim 1 covers a particular method for creating video data tags and using the tags to label, store, and assemble content video images. In its filed complaint, Patent Harbor noted that the “iMovie application allows a user of the computer to take pre-recorded video and create a title or chapter list (similar to the scene selection menu provided on a commercial DVD/BD disc), where the title or chapter menu has a description (pictorial or written) of the video that will be accessed if the viewing user selects a particular title or chapter from the scene selection menu.” According to Patent Harbor, the iMovie software’s method for creating and using “tags” to access video content infringes on its patent claim. Apple’s iMovie software can be used on the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro, the iMac, the Mac Pro, and the Mac mini.

Patent Harbor is seeking “compensatory damages in an amount no less than a reasonable royalty,” as well as “pre-judgment and post-judgment interest on the damages awarded.” Patent Harbor also asked the court to determine “an on-going royalty for future acts of infringement if appropriate.” The complaint was filed in the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, a popular venue for many intellectual property licensing companies.

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