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Apple Sued for Security-Patent Infringement by Intertrust

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March 20 (Bloomberg) -- Intertrust Technologies Corp., a developer of digital rights management software jointly owned by Sony Corp. and Royal Philips Electronics NV, sued Apple Inc. for allegedly infringing 15 patents related to mobile-device security.

Apple’s iPhone, the iPod touch, iPad product lines, laptop computers, Apple TV and App Store are built on secure computing technologies developed and patented by Intertrust, the company said in a complaint filed today in Oakland, California, federal court. Intertrust has previously sued Microsoft Corp. over patents. The software maker settled and licensed the technology in 2004 for $440 million, according to the complaint.

“Apple’s decision to free-ride off Intertrust’s innovations has caused, and continues to cause, substantial harm to Intertrust,” according to the complaint.

Intertrust is seeking a court order barring further infringement and sales of products that infringe the patents, lost profit damages, a reasonable royalty and a finding that the infringement was willful, which would triple damages.

Amy Bessette, a spokeswoman at Cupertino, California-based Apple, declined to comment on the patent lawsuit.

The case is Intertrust Technologies Corp. v. Apple Inc., 13-1235, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (Oakland).

To contact the reporter on this story: Karen Gullo in San Francisco at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Fred Strasser at; Michael Hytha at

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