Apple loses iPod patents to Microsoft

Apple has certainly been the brand associated with the near ubiquitous iPod, but Microsoft beat its rival by five months when it applied for patents on some of the key technologies inside the music player. Last month the US Patent and Trademark Office rejected Apple's application. But the case is not over just yet and, as The San Francisco Chronicle reports in Apple loses bid on patent, Apple still has some recourse and can appeal to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. Critics are saying Apple could have beat Microsoft to the patent office had it not simply waited...

Originally by InfoWorld TechWatch, 12:33 PM