Another day, another lawsuit for Apple.
According to the latest litigation hurled at the folks in Cupertino, a New Jersey based company called Multi-Format Inc. says that the way in which Apple delivers digital content (movies, TV shows, and any video segments) through iTunes directly violates a patent held by the people at Multi-Format Inc.
More specifically, the East Coast company in question secured ownership of a patent some seven years ago - "Multi-format audio/video production system" - and, based on the language of the lawsuit filed, the iTunes store and any device that secures digital video content from it, are in direct violation of close to two dozen claims within the aforementioned patent.
Patent creators Kinya Washino and Barry H. Schwab describe their creation as a means for reprocessing video to fit a specific aspect ratio or framerate in order to guarantee optimal playback on a particular device. From the claim by Multi-Format Inc.:
Apple has made, used, sold, offered for sale and/or imported products which enable the downloading and viewing of video programs, including, but not limited to, the personal computers, including the Power Mac G5, iPhone (including 3GS and 4G), iPad, iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod touch, Apple TV and iTunes products, throughout the United States.