Robocast Suing Apple For Infringing On Patent

Posted Mar 22, 2011

Robocast is suing Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) over patent infringement. Robocast is saying that Apple willfully incorporated their patented automated browsing technology in several of their products like Apple TV, iTunes, and Front Row without the proper licenses. Robocast was founded by Damon Torres and had sued Microsoft earlier for similar grounds. The patent 7,155,451 is titled ?Automated browsing system for publishers and users on networks serving internet and remote devices.?

The summary of the patent states:

A method of sequencing and scheduling web resources, via a software application that collects URLs and feeds them to a Web browser, so that the amount of clicks and decisions are reduced when browsing the Internet. The method begins after a computer user with Net-access encounters a URL that leads to a collection of other URLs that the software application has arranged to be presented in a continuous, show manner.

This collection of resources then plays automatically, going from one resource to the next without the user being required to make a decision or click.

The decision-making process is not inhibited, it is made optional. A method of inserting full-screen advertising, public service announcements, news, etc. has been developed. The server software application module described herein allows a publisher to stream URLs to a user who does not have the client-side software. The publishing module allows a user to format resources to a particularly desirable size and characteristic that promotes readability during a show viewing session.

This same module can publish collections of nodes for others to view as a whole sequence, accessible via e-mail, screen saver or as a web resource.