Apple wins Emblaze patent trial over live video streaming


MLB at Bat

Apple has won a patent infringement lawsuit over live video streaming brought against it by Emblaze Ltd. in a San Jose, California courtroom last month. Israel-based Emblaze believed that Apple was violating its patent by forcing organizations including Major League Baseball to adopt its HTTP video streaming technologies on iPhone and iPad. 

Apple lawyer Mark Fowler told a federal jury that Emblaze was an example of a failed company that was targeting the iPhone maker due to its success. While the jury did not see the Emblaze patent as being invalid, it also did not find any of the seven streaming services, including At Bat and WatchESPN, to be infringing on it.

Bloomberg has the details:

“Emblaze manufactured and sold audio products, and attempted to sell its technology to wireless carriers and then phone companies, failing each time, Fowler argued. Fowler failed to convince jurors that Emblaze’s patent is invalid, though they agreed with him that none of the seven accused streaming services infringe it.”

HTTP Live Streaming

HTTP Live Streaming architecture has been utilized on iPhones and iPads for several years, dating back to iPhone OS 3.0. According to Apple, the platform allows for dynamically adjusted movie playback quality that matches the available speed of wired or wireless networks. It is optimized for streaming media to iOS apps and HTML5-optimized websites.

The verdict was handed down in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose. Emblaze has a similar lawsuit pending against Microsoft in the same court. The patent involved in the case was U.S. Patent No. 6,389,473, awarded to Emblaze in 2002 for live video streaming without interruption.

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