Napster, Pandora Prevail Over Music System Patents

Law360, New York (April 08, 2009, 12:00 AM ET) -- A federal judge has tossed out allegations that Napster LLC and Pandora Media Inc. infringe two patents held by media technology company Moaec Inc., ruling that the defendants’ popular Internet music services only vaguely resemble the patented device and are not covered by the asserted claims.

Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin granted Napster and Pandora summary judgment Tuesday after concluding that two Moaec patents for a music organizer and player have little bearing on Napster’s online...
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