App Store, iTunes come under fire in new lawsuit

Apple launched the App Store on July 11, 2008 to sell applications to iPhone and iPod users. However, the method the App Store uses to communicate with the devices is under dispute in a lawsuit filed by Affinity Labs.

Filed in the United States District Court for the eastern District of Texas, Lufkin Division, the lawsuit claims that the App Store infringes on the "947 patent," which is held by Affinity. The patent describes "System and Method for Communicating Selected Information to an Electronic Device" and names the App Store as an example of the patent infringement.

Affinity also claims that iTunes infringes on another of its patents. The company claims Apple infringes on the "772 patent" entitled "Audio System and Method," by "selling digital audio through the iTunes software application on a personal computer and through the iTunes mobile software application on the iPhone and iPod Touch line of products."

The third and final claim of patent infringement by Affinity involves the "926 patent," entitled "Content Delivery System and Method." This patent desribes selling digital audio through iTunes to a personal computer that can then be transferred to an iPod.

Affinity is seeking an order from the court to stop Apple from infringing on its patents and monetary damages.

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