Apple Gets Some Claims Dropped In Burst Patent Case

By Elaine Chow (November 9, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- After challenging the validity of four patents over high-speed networks for multimedia products, Apple Computer Inc. on Thursday won the dismissal of several claims. But the company was unable to kick all of Burst.com Inc.'s patents out of federal court.

Apple fired off three separate summary judgment motions in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in late October. The motions claimed that Burst's patents are indefinite and lacked enablement and that Burst took too long to bring claims against Apple's iPod, iTunes and QuickTime.

In its motion alleging indefiniteness, Apple argued that claims in Burst's four patents...

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