Apple forced to defend the streaming technology used by MLB, ESPN and others in patent dispute

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Apple is no stranger to defending the patents it has at its disposal, and today sees another dispute being levied against the company. This time around, it’s geared towards video streaming technology that it uses, versus a company known as Emblaze, Ltd..
According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple is currently tasked with defending the use of its HTTP live-streaming service against Emblaze, Ltd.. The lawyer for Emblaze, Ltd., has accused of Apple of forcing its video streaming service on services focused on sports, including MLB At Bat and WatchESPN.
From the report:
Apple began working on its HTTP live-streaming service, or HLS, “no earlier than 2007,” demanding that services such as “At Bat” use the format to drive sales of iPhones and iPads — and inducing infringement of Emblaze’s patent. Apple’s HLS is nothing more than Emblaze’s patented solution under a different name,” he said.
Emblaze, Ltd., says that their patent, which dates back to 2002, is being infringed here, and says that Apple developed its technology years after Emblaze, Ltd. had already filed its patent. In response, Apple has stated that they are being targeted due to their success, and that Emblaze, Ltd. is simply trying to “make up for that lack of success in the courtroom.” Apple is now tasked with proving that none of the services using Apple’s technology violate Emblaze, Ltd.’s patent.
[via Bloomberg]


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