by Mike Masnick
Tue, Mar 30th 2010 7:58pm
Technically, we're told, patents only are supposed to apply to specific inventions, and not general ideas. It doesn't always work that way in practice, of course. AdamR points us to a lawsuit filed by some guy against Microsoft, claiming patent infringement in Zune's "Buy from FM" feature that lets you buy a song that you hear over FM radio. The guy is claiming willful infringement and demanding treble damages, because he apparently wrote Microsoft a letter back in 2006. Of course, there appears to be a pretty big problem with the claim, in that the patents in question (6,463,469 and 6,473,792) appear to describe a process of unlocking music already found on a local harddrive -- which is not how the Zune's feature works.
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