Apple the Latest Target of Long-Litigated DVD Playback Patents

September 11, 2016

In 2004, inventor-controlled Nissim Corp. filed a first lawsuit to assert patents from its DVD playback portfolio. Just over a dozen years later, the NPE has filed suit, accusing Apple (1:16-cv-23841) of having infringed six of the 27 related patents (5,434,678; 5,589,945; 5,913,013; 6,151,444; 6,208,805; 6,463,207), all of which appear to have since expired, through the past sale of computing devices capable of playing DVDs according to certain specifications adopted by the industry in December 1997. Max Abecassis, the sole named inventor on the patents-in-suit, cites licenses taken by over 100 companies and has litigated subsets of them in long stretches against ClearPlay, Time Warner, and three Hollywood studios, the last of which ended this past June while an Alice-related motion remained pending.

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