Apple and Nike sued over Nike+iPod
The Leaper Footwear company based in Utah (USA) has sued Apple and Nike in the District Court of Utah over a patent issue. Leaper founders Greg and Kenny Anderson allege that Apple and Nike are infringing on a proprietary patent filed in 1988 that defines a special athletic shoe that allows control of the wearer’s performance, including speed and distance traveled.
Leaper’s attorneys have stated that in 2000 they approached Nike to suggest that the company license Leaper’s concept. The offer was rejected by Nike, but the concept was taken up by Nike and Apple in their Nike+iPod Sport Kit in May 2006.
Leaper wants the case to go to court. If the company won it, it would receive not only an economic amount for damages, but it would also avoid paying court costs and could stop the distribution of the Nike+iPod kit.
Source: Apple Insider