Tune Hunter, Shazam Settle Music ID Patent Battle

By Nick Brown (January 5, 2010, 2:01 PM EST) -- Music technology firm Shazam Entertainment Ltd. has become the first defendant to settle patent infringement claims from Texas-based Tune Hunter Inc., the assignee of a patent covering a music identification system.

U.S. District Judge T. John Ward signed off on the agreement Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, but details of the settlement remain confidential.

U.K.-based Shazam was one of 11 defendants Tune Hunter accused of infringing a patent titled "Music identification system," relating to methods of identifying songs using cell phones or other electronic devices.

The patent, issued to inventor Remi Swierczek and assigned...

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