Sony, Phillips-Backed Software Firm Sues Apple For Patent Infringement Of All Devices

Intertrust suit

Once again, Apple is getting in trouble with another company over patent infringement. This time, software development company Intertrust Technologies is claiming that Apple has knowingly infringed on security software patents at “virtually every level of its consumer electronics enterprise.” To top it off, Intertrust is backed by Sony and Philips, each of which holds a 49 percent stake in the company.

The suit, filed this week in the U.S. District Court of Northern California claims that Apple infringed on 15 of Intertrust’s security patents. The company also claims that Apple knew about these patents because of the, very public, lawsuit it won against Microsoft in 2004. That infringement suit ended in a $440 million payout on the Windows creator.

The 15 patents cover software that Intertrust claims Apple’s mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, are built with technologies developed and patented by the company. The claim also covers MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac and Mac Pro. So, practically everything Apple sells.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Intertrust claims that its patents are “fundamental to guarding systems against computer hackers and protecting many kinds of electronic transactions, including transferring protected digital content between multiple devices, such as smartphones, tablets, desktop and laptop PCs.”

The company’s Chief Executive Talal Shamoon said the company repeatedly tried to collaborate with Apple over these patents as far back as 2005, but was unsuccessful.

In a statement today, Shamoon said, “Our patents are foundational to modern Internet security and trusted computing, and result from years of internal research and development.”

Looks like Apple is back in hot water again.

[Via: Forbes]

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