Apple sued for patent infringement over iTunes and movie trailers

Another day and Apple is at the core of another patent suit in the tech world. This time around, the suit wasn't brought against someone by Apple, Apple is being sued and it's not by Samsung. The suit was brought against Apple by a company called Droplets Inc. based in Plano Texas. Naturally, the suit was filed in the East Texas court that is known for siding with patent holders.

Droplets has some large and well-known clients that license its tech including IBM, Borland, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The patent at the heart of the case is number 6,687,745 called "System and method for delivering a graphical user interface of remote applications over a thin bandwidth connection." The patent was filed in June of 2000 and was granted to Droplets Inc in February of 2004. The company alleges that Apple infringes on the patent with iTunes and other applications and services.

The suit alleges that not only does iTunes and the movie trailer website that Apple runs violate the patent, but the official website does as well. Exactly what Droplets is seeking in the case isn't spelled out. It would be easy to guess it wants damages and licensing fees. The East Texas court is known for rapid resolutions so we should hear more in short order.

[via AppleInsider]