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BTG sues Apple, Microsoft over software update

updated 04:00 pm EDT, Tue July 20, 2004

BTG sues Apple, MS

London intellectual property licensing company and Microsoft, alleging infringement of software technology patents, according to Reuters. BTG, along with Teleshuttle Corp. and Teleshuttle Technologies LLC, has filed suit in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California against Apple and Microsoft, alleging "infringement on Teleshuttle patents covering Web-enabled software update technologies, which are important in helping protect computer users from viruses and other Internet attacks. Both Apple and Microsoft incorporate automatic software update technology into Microsoft's Windows and Apple's OS X operating systems." Another lawsuit against Microsoft alleges infringements by Microsoft's active desktop and offline browsing technologies.




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  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Woohoo!

    Another frivilous patent lawsuit! Notice how they add the virus thing in there. The patent probably is specific to viruses, so they say the updates can protect against viruses, so there, its a violation.

  1. absmiths

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What a crock

    So many systems use internet updating: Virus Scanners, OSes, shareware, freeware, open source. I think it is too late for a suit - too late for SCO; too late for that HTML patent (I don't remember who - hypertext people); too late for BTG.

  1. Brownjm81

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    bull

    whats next Al gore sues everybody because HE invented the internet. PLEASE!

  1. triple704

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    please.

    Come on this is a bunch of junk. Can no one do anything useful anymore without someone else trying to claim they thought of it first!

  1. pdot

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: bull

    As the inventor, he should take moe responsibility. We should sue Gore because he's allowing viruses to go through his network.

  1. dylanw

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Al Gore

    Jeez. Can we let this go, once and for all?

    http://www.snopes.com/quotes/internet.htm

  1. sumpter

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    web != internet

    "Web-enabled software update technologies" - The web is NOT the internet. The web is only a piece of the internet - an application protocol over TCP/IP.

    If this synopsis is written correctly, this lawsuit only applies if Apple's Software Update is using the HTTP protocol. I don't have my mac handy, but can anyone tcpdump a software update session to see if this is indeed the case? If Software Update is HTTP based, I imagine it would be somewhat trivial to use a custom protocol over SSL if they wanted to...

    Microsoft's windowsupdate.microsoft.com, however, is indeed a web udate. A user hits a web page that brings up a mechanism to install updates. Totally different animal.

  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: web/internet

    Well...that isn't neccessarily true. The world wide web and the internet are terms used synonomously.

  1. jedi1yoda1

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Al Gore

    Create is a synonym of invent.

    "I took the initiative in creating the Internet."

    "I took the initiative in inventing the Internet."

    Jeez. Have a little fun with it.

  1. mtroute

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I have a case!!!

    I have a patent for the process of gas exchange, that means that everyone who breaths owes me a license fee! Pay up you b*******!

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