Tech Firms Bid For Stay In DRM Patent Feud

Law360, New York (July 25, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A slew of technology giants have asked a federal court to stay proceedings in a legal battle with an individual inventor's patent covering digital rights management technology, arguing that an upcoming reexamination of the patent will likely invalidate all asserted claims and moot the case entirely.

The technology companies—including Apple Inc., MusicMatch Inc., Napster Inc., RealNetworks Inc., and Sony Connect Inc.—said in court documents filed Wednesday that a stay pending reexamination by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will “preserve the court's time and resources and...
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