Intertrust, the company that received $440 million from Microsoft in 2004, is now suing Apple. The software company announced today that it filed a patent infringement suite against Apple over 15 patents in the US Federal Court in the Northern District of California. The suit covers a wide range of products including the iPad, iPhone, laptops, computers, iTunes, etc.
Intertrust Chief Executive, Talal Shamoon said in a statement, “Apple makes many great products that use Intertrust’s inventions. 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, founded in 1990, is currently backed up by Sony and Philips. According to the WSJ, Sony and Philips hold a 49.5 percent stake in the company.