Apple TV infringes wireless patents, lawsuit claims

Apple has been struck by yet another lawsuit impacting its digital media strategy – this time it stands accused of patent infringement in its wireless entertainment systems, Apple TV, AirPort Express and the Mac.

EZ4Media says Apple’s toys infringe on patents it acquired from Universal Electronics (UEI) in March. Further, it claims Apple hired three former UEI employees, Nick Kalayjian, Bruce Edwards, and Wendy Goh, about a year before it introduced Apple TV.

“Each of these employees had access to UEI’s confidential and proprietary information and left UEI for Apple within 30 days of each other in the second quarter of 2005,” the complaint says as reported by Information Week. “Apple TV was commercially introduced in September 2006.”

In June, EZ4Media filed two other patent-infringement lawsuits, the first against Logitech, Netgear, and D-Link, the second against Samsung, Pioneer, Yamaha, D&M Holdings and Denon. Samsung settled the lawsuit for an “undisclosed sum”, the report explains.

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