Creative looks to defend interface patent
Creative is looking to defend
its newly acquired
patent covering the automatic hierarchical categorization of music by metadata, otherwise known as its MP3 player interface. Thus far, Creative is claiming that Apple is in violation of the patent. Others are also being investigated, with Creative focusing its efforts on hard drive-based players whose user interfaces are likely to infringe on what the company is calling the "Zen patent." At least the iPod Shuffle should be safe.