Rockford Man Sues Microsoft Over Zune Technology
March 25, 2010 at 4:25 AM (PT)
Dr. EDWARD YAVITZ, claims MICROSOFT illegally added his patented technology to the ZUNE media player after he tried to license it to MICROSOFT, reports THE SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER.
In his suit, YAVITZ, an opthomologist who owns the YAVITZ EYE CENTER in ROCKFORD, IL, says MICROSOFT "willingly infringed two of his patents that cover a method for quickly tagging and downloading music via a device's FM radio receiver."
THE POST-INTELLIGENCER notes that a "SEPTEMBER 2008 firmware update for the ZUNE let users buy music through the FM app, by tagging a song and downloading via wi-fi.
In his complaint, YAVITZ claims he sent MICROSOFT a letter in OCTOBER 2006 to explain to them the idea for the next ZUNE. His patents -- #s 6,463,649 and 6,473,792 -- were both filed in 2000 and granted in 2002.
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