Apple pushed organizations such as Major League Baseball to adopt its format for streaming live video, causing them to infringe a patent for the technology, a lawyer for Emblaze told jurors at the start of a trial.

Martin Pavane made his opening statements today to a federal jury of five women and four men in San Jose. U.S. District Judge Paul Grewal before the trial limited Emblaze's case to seven video-streaming services, such as MLB.com's "At Bat" and WatchESPN.

Emblaze, based in Hertzliya Pituach, Israel, argues its U.S. patent issued in 2002 covers a process for delivering live streaming video over wireless networks without interruption.

Apple began working on its HTTP live streaming service, or HLS, "no earlier than 2007," demanding that services such as "At Bat" use the format to drive sales of iPhones and iPads -- and inducing infringement of Emblaze's patent, Pavane said.

"Apple's HLS is nothing more than Emblaze's patented solution under a different name," he said.

Apple is engaged in patent disputes against companies large and small at the San Jose courthouse. It seeks a U.S. sales ban on some older models of Samsung Electronics' smartphones after a trial concluded in May. Evidence in that case showed Google agreed to aid Samsung's defense.


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In June, Apple beat back a patent claim over technology in wireless networks from Golden Bridge Technology. -- a "non-practicing entity," or patent holder, which doesn't make a product. It now faces a similar claim from Emblaze.