A Vermont based company Contois Music & Technology is aiming to hit the bucks by sueing Apple over the user interface of the iTunes. According to the source Contois has demonstrated a user interface for music playing software back in Comdex 1995 and music trade show in 1996. The suit says that Apple empoyees were present at the time.
In its suit, Contois said that it gave Apple written notice regarding its patent in September 2004 and also alleges that Apple was aware of the patent at least as early as Jan. 30, 2003.
Specifically, the lawsuit said that Contois owner David Contois showed off his idea for a computer interface for music-playing software at the November 1995 Comdex event and at a music trade show in 1996. The suit charges that people who either then or later became Apple employees attended the event and saw Contois' exhibit.Source: ZDNet.com