Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Apple, Microsoft duel over iPod patent

Business Week: Apple Vs Microsoft on iPod
"AUG. 16 9:04 P.M. ET Given the intense rivalry between Apple Computer Inc. and Microsoft Corp., this recent revelation had a comedic tinge: Apple took too long to file a patent on part of its blockbuster iPod music players, so Microsoft beat Apple to it.

Bloggers and other tech pundits snickered at the prospect of Steve Jobs having to pay Bill Gates royalties on the beloved iPods, which account for more than one-third of Apple's revenue. One Web columnist even dubbed the patent office the 'iPod killer.'more...

But that scenario is unlikely."


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