Apple Sued by Emblaze Over Patent on `Live-Streaming Standard' Technology

Apple Inc. was sued by Emblaze Ltd. over allegations Apple’s HTTP live-streaming application infringes the Israeli company’s U.S. patent.

Emblaze, a designer of mobile phones, says it developed technology for “real-time broadcasting” over a network such as the Internet and has held the patent since 2002. Emblaze said has used the technology in its products to save data traffic because it doesn’t require devoted streaming servers and allows reliable streaming even through firewalls.

Apple announced the introduction of its “HTTP Live Streaming Standard” technology in mid-2009, according to the complaint filed today in federal court in New York. It is embedded in such products as the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and installed in Mac notebooks and desktop computers, the lawsuit claims.

Emblaze says the patent infringement is causing “irreparable harm” to the company. Apple has used and continues to use the technology and “has made and will continue to make unlawful gains and profits” at its expense, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit seeks a patent infringement judgment against Apple and unspecified monetary damages. Apple doesn’t comment on pending litigation, said spokesman Steve Dowling.

The case is Emblaze Ltd. v Apple Inc., 10-cv-5713, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

To contact the reporter on this story: Patricia Hurtado in Manhattan Federal Courthouse at 9245 or pathurtado@bloomberg.net.

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