– MonkeyMedia, a studio that designs user interfaces, announced on Friday that it
has filed a patent lawsuit against Apple (NASD: AAPL).
The suit alleges infringement of MonkeyMedia
patents covering user interfaces for document summarization, RSS readers and
video players that can display multiple versions of text and audiovisual
Founded in 1994 by Microsoft and Yahoo alums, Austin-based MonkeyMedia
holds patents on telescopic advertising and other enhanced viewing
"We can sit by and watch Apple continue to use our patented
inventions without paying, or we can do something about it," said MonkeyMedia
CEO Eric Bear.
"Synergy between inventors and manufacturers is healthy,
and we love that Apple believes in our technology. We simply prefer open
communications and fair compensation."