Saturday, December 10, 2005

Creative will sue Apple over iPod

CREATIVE is set to sue Apple for using its technology in its super soaraway iPod.

Creative boss Sim Wong Hoo has told the BBC he plans to "pursue aggressively" a US patent it owns on a system used to navigate music on digital players.

Ironically he told the Beeb hacks this at the launch of Creative's latest rival to the iPod video, the Zen Vision: M.

Creative marketed digital music players in 2000, however Apple managed to corner the market. Hoo said that the iPod has climbed on the back of Creative's navigation system which the outfit has a patent for.

This covers the way music tracks are organised and navigated on a player through a hierarchical system using three or more screens.

With the huge amounts of cash at stake, the bet is that this court case will run for years.

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