The Supreme Court’s decision in favor of the entertainment industry’s owners of music streaming service Spotify was a major blow to Google and Apple, but the decision doesn’t affect millions of other companies that rely on their patents to protect their intellectual property.
A handful of companies sued in the last few months, and they are suing a few more in the coming weeks.
Here’s a look at some of the major lawsuits currently in progress.
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The big story of the last year:Google and Apple sued Apple for infringing two of its patents, one of which protects “music content,” and the other which protects digital media.
Apple is suing for patent infringement, and for patent licensing.
(Photo: Getty Images)The music-streaming service’s founder and CEO, Frank Casper, is suing Apple in the U.S. District Court in New York City.
The case is pending.
Apple has a strong case that its technology is more broadly applicable than Google’s because the patents covering “music and sound recordings” are the same ones used by Google and Google’s Android software, which is the platform that runs Spotify.
Google claims that Apple’s patents, including the “digital audio work” patents, are invalid because they cover “audio-visual, sound-mapping, and/or data-transmission” technologies.
Google, on the other hand, is arguing that Apple infringes on the “sound recordings” patents because they are the ones that are designed to cover digital media, rather than audio-visual technologies, such as video.
Casper is suing on behalf of the music industry.
He argues that Google’s patents are more widely applicable because they apply to digital media and that Apple is violating their rights by licensing its technology to third parties.
Casper’s case is the latest in a string of lawsuits involving Apple.
He filed a lawsuit in April against Apple, claiming that the company is violating the copyright and patent protections in several music-related applications and that the Apple Music streaming service is an unauthorized use of Apple’s technology.
Apple was hit with a $2.9 billion lawsuit in July, which Apple agreed to pay.