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Apple Settles Patent Spat With Intertrust

by Todd Haselton | April 4, 2014April 4, 2014 1:00 pm PST


Another day, another patent battle for Apple. Today, however, the company actually settled a patent spat with a company called Intertrust, a firm that develops digital rights management solutions.

The company originally filed a suit against Apple in March of 2013, when it accused Cupertino of infringing on 15 of its patents in almost all of its products, ranging from the iTunes App Store to its computers and even the iPhone and iPad.

“Our patents are foundational to modern Internet security and trusted computing, and result from years of internal research and development,” Intertrust CEO Talal Shamoon said when the suit was filed, suggesting that Apple was reluctant to license the company’s patents for use in the aforementioned products. Other major players in tech, including Sony, Philips, Vodafone, LG, HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Adobe, Microsoft and Nokia all license the patents from Intertrust, so it seemed Apple would one day have to comply, unless it could produce evidence why it shouldn’t license those patents.

Neither Apple nor Intertrust disclosed the terms of the agreement, Reuters said.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...