In Pictures: Apple vs. The World - Apple’s definit...
Apple vs. Creative Technology
This was the lawsuit that reportedly motivated Steve Jobs and Apple to exhaustively patent all aspects of the iPhone. In 1996, Creative Technologies sued Apple alleging that the iPod infringed upon Creative's patent for a menu structure on an MP3 player. In a settlement, Apple was forced to pay Creative $100 million.
In Pictures: Apple vs. The World - Apple’s definitive legal battles