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October 28, 2005

Optima Loses Patent Claim Suit Against Roxio Over CD Writing Software Technology

Optima sued Roxio in December, 2003, alleging infringement in patents owned by Optima.  The patents cover software for recording on CDs so they can be read by any computer without special software.  Optima developed the software in 1995.  Roxio, it was claimed, violated those patents by selling software that incorporated the technology.  Optima also claimed that the patent covered some of the industry standards for CD burning software.  While Roxio was the immediate target, the suit was seen as an attempt to validate the claims against the CD burning software industry.

Today, federal Judge  James Selna ruled today against Optima, saying "no reasonable fact finder could find infringement."  Sonic Solutions, which bought Roxio's software division was thrilled when the Judge granted summary judgment in the company's favor.  Optima's CEO Robert Adams was less than thrilled stating "If Judge Selna did not feel up to the legal and technical challenges of our case, he should have had it assigned to another Judge instead of kicking it upstairs for the Court of Appeals to deal with. This further clogs our courts and appeals systems."  Ouch.

The opinion is not on the Central District of California's web site at this writing.  Read the story from Out-Law.com here.

developed software for recording on CDs so they can be read by any computer, similar to a floppy disk, without special software.

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