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For the past year or so, Apple has been suing Samsung left and right for patent infringements. Now, Apple is about to get a taste of their own medicine.
EPL Holdings has just filed a lawsuit against Apple that claims the number one company stole its media playback technology in the iPhone and iPad. According to a document filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, EPL met with Apple on January 28, 2002 to discuss licensing its technology that allows device owners to play back audio and video content at faster and slower speeds.
Supposedly, Apple offered the company $50,000 to use its patent but EPL Holdings predecessor declined the company’s offer because it just wasn’t enough. EPL claims that Apple then knowingly used its patents without the company’s consent and made billions of dollars off products that contain stolen technology.
It will be interesting to see how far this lawsuit goes. It seems frivolous lawsuits against big companies are on the rise. In any case, Apple certainly has the resources to defend itself.