Another day, another lawsuit. A company called MONKEYmedia has filed a lawsuit against Apple for infringing claims in three of MONKEYmedia’s “Seamless Contraction” patents. The company says Apple’s infringement 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,” said Eric Bear, MONKEYmedia’s CEO. “Synergy between inventors and manufacturers is healthy, and we love that Apple believes in our technology. We simply prefer open communications and fair compensation.”
The lawsuit was filed in the Western District of Texas — Austin Division. Austin-based MONKEYmedia is a privately held user interface design studio turned intellectual property licensing boutique, founded in 1994 by Janna Buckmaster Bear and Eric Gould Bear, a Microsoft and Yahoo! alumnus. Its portfolio of patented inventions includes claims directed towards telescopic advertising and other viewing experiences.
The SeamlessTV Partner Program makes licenses available to companies using MONKEYmedia’s patented technology and methods for telescoping ads and interactive video experiences on DVD, Blu-ray, video-on-demand, DVRs, smart TVs, personal computers, mobile devices and the Internet. For more info go to http://seamless.tv .