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New patent lawsuit attacks Apple over remote registrations

updated 11:30 am EST, Tue December 15, 2009

Adobe, Microsoft, others named as defendants

A company called BetaNet has filed a new lawsuit against 18 corporations -- including Apple, Adobe, Intuit and Microsoft -- accusing them of violating two patents held in relation to remote software registration. The technology in question allows a user to enter registration information into local software, and then unlock the full version of a program by communicating with a remote server.

Apple's violations are said to be specifically connected to Aperture, iTunes, MobileMe and QuickTime. Some third-party software accused of infringement includes Adobe's Acrobat, Photoshop and Creative Suite, Intuit's Quicken, QuickBooks and TurboTax, and Microsoft's Office, OneCare, Silverlight and Windows Server. Because many companies use similar installers, the lawsuit could conceivably extend to other parties.

The current case is being handled through the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. The court is notoriously favorable towards plaintiffs in patent infringement disputes. Apple is already engaged in a number of legal battles, most prominently with Nokia, which it has countersued claiming that some products copy ideas from the iPhone.




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  1. Marook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +10

    ???

    How can there even BE a patent for such a basic thing?

    Maybe I should patent the idea of drinking coffee.. and sue the globe!

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +11

    Prior art

    Which dumba55 approved this? Same system is sometimes used by shareware, which has been around for a long time now.

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    I'm patenting shareware!

    I'm gonna patent shareware!

    (uh, boss, someone already made shareware)

    OK, I"m gonna patent shareware OVER THE INTERNET!

    (brilliant, boss, nobody would ever have thought of that)

  1. LeoNobilis

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    How ingenious, Beita-Neita!

    Oh-oh-oh! The alternative would be packing for Cupertino to register one's purchase at Mr. Jobs' desk!

    …or better yet, to spit in the face of these impostor "patent-owner"! You thought you were smart, didn't you? What a shame I disagree!..

  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +12

    Someone needs to crack down

    on this East Texas patent trolling c***, too. There's a clear pattern of abuse here.

  1. LeoNobilis

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Even Testudo woudn't be convinced, presume I dare

    Even Testudo would probably scold these idiots a little…

  1. TomSawyer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    I know

    I'll patent online polling and sue MacNN and everybody that ever voted on or created a post. Oh wait then I'd have to sue myself...

  1. Outdo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    Grow Up

    Lots of individuals come up with great ideas and get them patented. When you have a patent granted in your name, then complain. This is the system right now in the USA, and Apple has every ability to defend itself. Probably better than the complainant. Corporations like Apple are right now trying to change the patent system to significantly tilt it in their favor, s******* the "little guy" inventors.

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