Apple faces Chinese iPod patent lawsuit

Yet more hassles for Apple’s currently leaderless iPod team, following the departure of Tony Fadell, the complexities of Apple’s hiring of a replacement in the form of Mark Papermaster, now two Chinese residents have filed lawsuits against three companies including Apple, asserting that the iPod infringes on their patent.

The Wuhan Intermediate People’s Court opened a public court session for the case on November 11.

The inventors Cai Yaohua and Chen Shaohua hold a patent on an intelligent audio server. This was applied for in 1996 and granted in 2002.

The two men argue their patent is the basic patent for many digital music products, including MP3s.

They’ve filed their claims in the Chinese court against Apple, Apple Computer Trading (Shanghai) and Wuhan COODOO Trading Company.

4 thoughts on “Apple faces Chinese iPod patent lawsuit

  1. D9

    Well, if that’s not the kettle calling the pot black!

    There must be hundreds of Chinese companies stealing product designs and patents every day in their manufacturing of cheap knock off merchandise while making millions in revenue.


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