--a company which holds a portfolio of patents that it says include "claims directed towards telescopic video-on-demand
(VOD) and other enhanced viewing experiences," and that it claims "are essential to the practice of various industry-governed standards such as DVD-Video, Blu-ray and tru2way (e.g. Enhanced TV & SCTE-130)" (note: the company has launched a "SeamlessTV Partner Program" for licensing those patents, and, back in 2006, announced that it had succeeded in convincing none other than Microsoft to enter into a patent-licensing agreement with it--for more on the company and its claims, see the article published on itvt.com, August 25th, and the interview with its founder and CEO, Eric Gould Bear, published on itvt.com, October 8th)--announced last week that it has filed a lawsuit against Apple for infringing claims in three of its "Seamless Contraction" patents (US Patents 6,177,938; 6,219,052; and 6,335,730). The lawsuit--which can be viewed in its entirety here--was filed in the Western District of Texas, Austin Division.
Apple's infringement, MONKEYmedia alleges, involves its user interfaces for document summarization, RSS readers and video players that can display multiple versions of text and/or audiovisual content. "We can sit by and watch Apple continue to use our patented inventions without paying, or we can do something about it," MONKEYmedia CEO, Gould Bear, said in a prepared statement. "Synergy between inventors and manufacturers is healthy, and we love that Apple believes in our technology. We simply prefer open communications and fair compensation." (Note: Gould Bear's quote echoes a quote attributed to Apple founder and CEO, Steve Jobs, that was included in Apple's March 2nd press release announcing its patent infringement lawsuit against HTC: "We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We've decided to do something about it...We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.")