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Flashback:
After being approached by Burst.com in late 2004, Apple had filed for a declaratory judgment in January that it isn’t infringing on Burst’s patents, but Burst is going ahead with its lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in San Francisco. Burst is asking for royalties as well as an injunction.

In April 18, 2006 – News.com reports on a lawsuit by Burst.com claiming that Apple is infringing on patents held by Burst.com. The claims cover patents involving “the delivery of music or video over the Internet ‘faster than real-time.'” This involves the technology involved in streaming and delivering video and audio content on the internet as Apple does with iTunes and Quicktime streaming software. Burst is demanding royalties as well as an injunction.

In January, Apple filed for a declaratory judgment in January that it is not infringing on Burst’s patents after discussions with Burst “broke down”.

Burst made similar claims against Microsoft and received a $60 million settlement as well as an ongoing technology license to Microsoft.

Recent:
Apple and Burst.com have settled their patent dispute for $10 million dollars.

Burst.com sued Apple over patent claims involving “the delivery of music or video over the Internet ‘faster than real-time.'” This involves the technology involved in streaming and delivering video and audio content on the internet as Apple does with iTunes and Quicktime streaming software.

In the settlement, Apple will pay Burst.com a one-time $10 million license fee for its current patent portfolio. Meanwhile, Burst has one existing and three pending DVR patents that do not fall within this agreement.

However, the press release explicitly states that Burst will not sue Apple in the future over these DVR technology patents.

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