Sony, Apple Sued Over PlayStation Network, iTunes

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Sony is at the center of another patent-related lawsuit, this time involving the PlayStation Network. Benjamin Grobler is suing Sony Computer Entertainment America and Apple in separate lawsuits. The lawsuits filed on March 27, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, allege that Apple and Sony are infringing U.S. Patent No. 6,799,084.

The patent in question was issued in 2004. It covers data vending systems that allow users to store and manage digital music, video, software and other items on a variety of electronic devices. The lawsuit alleges that Apple and Sony have infringed on the patent through their distribution systems PlayStation Network and iTunes.

“You would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t listened to music or watched a video through iTunes or the Playstation Network,” says attorney Christopher Banys, head of the nationwide intellectual property practice at The Lanier Law Firm, who is overseeing the lawsuit. “Tech giants can’t just take an inventor’s work and use it as their own. This lawsuit represents our client’s effort to bring some accountability to the system.”