On Tuesday Creative Technology made a claim that they have a patent on technology that Apple’s iPod uses. They’ve yet to say if they will be filling suit but technology lawyers believe it to be almost certain that they will.
Creative said the patent covers the way music tracks are selected on a device using a hierarchy of three or more successive screens. On the iPod, for instance, users can scroll from artists to albums to songs. According to Sim Wong Hoo, CEO of Creative, their company shipped one of their players using the technology over a year before the iPod was released.