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Intertrust Sues Apple for Massive Patent Infringement

It says Apple is in violation of 15 of its fundamental patents

Apple has gotten sued for patent infringement again, but this time the charges are coming from Intertrust Technologies Corporation, now owned jointly by Sony and Royal Philips Electronics NV, which got Microsoft to settle a broad claim back in 2004 for $440 million.

The suit against Apple sounds a lot more expensive.

It says Apple is in violation of 15 of its fundamental patents naming the iPhone, iPad, Macs, Apple TV, iTunes, iCloud and the App Store as the offenders.

Intertrust has taken its 44-page complaint to the federal court for Northern California after talks with Apple going back to '05 failed.

Its software called Marlin, is used to protect digital content, and companies like Samsung, Nokia, HTC and Huawei either license it or the IP underneath.

However, speaking of Apple, the suit said, "No other entity uses Intertrust technologies so extensively at so many levels of its enterprise."

It wants treble damages for willful infringement plus unspecified royalty payments in the future.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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