Apple settles Creative patent lawsuit
Just over three months after Creative hit
Apple with a patent infringement lawsuit, the iPod maker has opted
to throw in the towel and settle out of court for $100 million.
Through the settlement, Apple has gained a license for the so-called "Zen
Patent" that sparked the lawsuit. Apple is also dropping the
countersuit it filed shortly after Creative's initial legal action. In
its countersuit, Apple accused
Creative of violating no less than seven Apple patents relating chiefly
to user interface design.
Interestingly, the settlement also has Creative entering the "Made
for iPod" program to become a reseller of iPod accessories. Creative
plans to "speak with other MP3 player companies" about the Zen
Patent, as well. Apple will reportedly get some of its $100 million back if
Creative can secure licensing deals with those other companies.