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Inventor sues Apple, Sony over data vending patent


Another day, another lawsuit. According to “AppleInsider” (, two separate lawsuits filed in California this week allege that Apple’s iTunes and Sony’s Playstation Network use so-called data vending technology, or a broad system that lets users store and manage digital content like music, video and software on electronic devices.

Intellectual property attorneys from The Lanier Law Firm are representing inventor Benjamin Grobler who was issued U.S. Patent No. 6,799,084 describing a system in which digital data is distributed to an electronic devices called a “data depot” for storage and management. The IP also calls for a remote database that maintains ownership and user records.

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