CD-burning software prompts patent suit

A small California storage company filed a patent suit late Friday against software maker Roxio and said the dispute will likely expand to cover other hardware and software companies involved with CD-ROMs.

Optima Technology filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, claiming that several Roxio products infringe on Optima's patent for a "recordable CD-ROM accessing system." The patent covers software that allows disparate computing systems to access data stored on a recordable CD, Optima said in a statement. Optima's patent was infringed in several standards adopted by the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA), which have been incorporated in a number of CD-ROM hardware and software products, according to the statement.

"Optima asserts that certain of these industry standards is covered by its patent, and if a company uses those OSTA standard specifications for CD-burning software, then they infringe Optima's patent," according to the statement, released by Optima's law firm, Los Angeles-based Holland & Knight. "Optima seeks to enforce its patent and to receive damages from any hardware or software company using their technology, beginning with Roxio...Optima believes most every company in the CD-burner industry may be infringing."

News source: C|Net News.com

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