DRM Software Development Company Intertrust Files Lawsuit Against Apple for Patent Infringement

The Wall Street Journal reports that patent holding company Intertrust Technologies Corp. has filed suit against Apple, accusing the Cupertino-based company of infringing on 15 of Intertrust's patents related to "security and distributed trusted computing."

Intertrust invents and licenses technologies for digital rights management, currently holding more than 150 patents.
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As posted on the company's website, the lawsuit involves multiple Apple products, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac computers and laptops, Apple TV and Apple services like iTunes, iCloud, and the 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."

Intertrust, which is backed by Sony Corp. and Royal Philips Electronics NV, successfully collected $440 million from Microsoft in 2004 after winning a patent infringement case against the company. On its licensees page, Intertrust lists major tech companies like Adobe, Samsung, Panasonic, LG, HTC, Nokia, and Motorola.

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H2SO4 Avatar
147 months ago
Karma is a b1tch!

The most predictable crap comment ever.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rmwebs Avatar
147 months ago
Nice logo, intertrust.
Image (http://i.imgur.com/Oyoyjjs.png)

:confused: You are kidding? Looks nothing remotely like it.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
camnchar Avatar
147 months ago
This sort of thing really shows the broken nature of the software patent system. If Apple stole code, then they need to pay up. Vastly more probable, though, is that Apple wrote original code that does similar things to what Intertrust claims their code does. That's kind of like inventing a new alternative to the cotton gin, which itself should be patentable, but then getting sued by Eli Whitney because he came up with the idea of a cotton gin.

And around and around we go.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xizdun Avatar
147 months ago
Nice logo, intertrust.
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nepalisherpa Avatar
147 months ago
Karma is a bitch!
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jav6454 Avatar
147 months ago
Lawyers making money

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