Apple To Pay $100M To Settle Creative Dispute

Law360, New York (August 24, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a stunning legal turnaround, Apple Computer Inc. has agreed to fork out $100 million to Singapore-based Creative Technology Ltd. and put to rest a slew of troublesome patent disputes over MP3 technology used in its popular iPod digital music player.

The settlement comes one year after Apple lost a race with Creative to patent a method of navigating through stored music files, a key feature of both companies’ MP3 devices. The resulting dispute triggered allegations of misappropriation of technology, five federal lawsuits and an investigation...
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