Apple Sued for Distributed Trust and Security Patent Infringement

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News Posted: Thu, Mar 21 2013 12:44 PM
A company called Intertrust Technologies has filed a lawsuit against Apple in the U.S. Federal Court in the Northern District of California alleging the Cupertino outfit infringed on more than a dozen patents. Intertrust's lawsuit lists several Apple products and services, including iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad, Mac systems, Apple TV, iTunes, iCloud, and even the company's App Store.

"Apple makes many great products that use Intertrust’s inventions," said Talal Shamoon, Intertrust’s chief executive officer. "Our patents are foundational to modern Internet security and trusted computing, and result from years of internal research and development. We are proud of our record of peaceful and constructive licensing with industry leaders. We find it regrettable that we are forced to seek Court assistance to resolve this matter."

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Intertrust, which is mostly owned by Sony and Philips, has been doing business since 1990 and currently employs around 100 people, many of which are engineers specializing in digital rights management (DRM), software security, consumer privacy protection, trusted big data for DNA sequencing, and smart grid energy data management. Several big name companies license technologies from Intertrust, including Adobe, HTC, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, Philips, Samsung, Sony, Vodafone, and others.

This isn't just another case of a patent troll looking to litigate its way to riches. According to a report in The New York Times, litigation is the exception and not the norm at Intertrust, which previously only sued one other company, Microsoft, in 2004.
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Dah, I hope and pray they actually have a case, especially since they aren't your run of the mill troll. Not meaning to sound like a typical anti-Apple cronie, but after years of reading one article after another of Apple suing anyone and everyone else in the industry for things like whether the edges of their devices are round or square, I'g glad to see someone sticking it to them for a change. The fact that it may be justifiable is just icing on the cake.

Nice to see karma coming around.

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realneil replied on Thu, Mar 21 2013 8:32 PM

All of these endless lawsuits are a genuine PITA. (but I like to see Apple get a little of the Sh*t that they're always handing out)

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dnw1962 replied on Thu, Mar 21 2013 8:34 PM

This will never see a coutroom. Apple will settle quietly. They've been getting enough bad press and this sounds legit.

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Being a typical anti-Apple cronie, I just love to read stories like this!Big Smile Live by the sword, die by the sword.

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