Apple Beefs Up Defense in Feud Over Streaming Patents

Apple Beefs Up Defense in Feud Over Streaming Patents

SAN FRANCISCO — A team from DLA Piper has entered the fray for Apple Inc. in a patent dispute with Israeli tech firm Emblaze Ltd. that appears to be headed for trial.

DLA Piper partners Mark Fowler, Robert Buergi, John Allcock and Erin Gibson entered appearances on Friday for Apple, which has been represented by Greenberg Traurig so far in the case. Greenberg Traurig partner William Coats said the firm will continue to defend Apple.

Represented by Davis Wright Tremaine and Cozen O’Connor, Emblaze claims that Apple steps on its patent when live-streaming apps are used on its devices. Apple moved to stay the case until the Supreme Court rules in Akamai Technologies v. Limelight Networks, a case in which the Federal Circuit held that a company could still be liable for induced infringement if the claimed method was completed by a customer. Apple had argued the Supreme Court’s ultimate decision might invalidate the main legal theory in Emblaze v. Apple, 11-1079.

But U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal refused to draw out the nearly 4-year-old case any longer.

“This case is old and getting older by the day,” he wrote in an order issued on Feb. 25. “At some point, if a case needs to be tried, it needs to be tried.”

The case is scheduled for trial on June 30. Fowler and others at DLA Piper did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Contact the reporter at jlove@alm.com.

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