|Apple Blunder Gives Gates iPod Royalty|
|Topic||Technology, Innovation and Change, Entrepreneurship|
|Key Words||Apple, Microsoft, iPod|
When Apple introduced the iPod in November 2001, the company did not file a complete provisional application until a full nine months later. In the interim, an employee from Microsoft filed a technology patent on song menu software. Apple eventually filed a complete application, but last month the U.S. Patent and Trademark office rejected the application, noting that some ideas were similar to the earlier patent filed by the Microsoft employee.
|Source||"Apple Blunder Gives Gates iPod Royalty," The Independent, Aug. 14, 2005.|
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