∞ Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, others sued for patent infringement

BetaNet on Monday filed a lawsuit against 18 companies, including Apple, Adobe and Microsoft. iTunesFiled in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, the lawsuit claims the companies violate the ’134 patent, entitled “Secure System for Activating Personal Computer Software at Remote Locations.” The patent was issued on June 22, 1993, according to the lawsuit.

BetaNet specifically mentions Apple’s iTunes, Aperture, QuickTime and MobileMe as infringing on its patent.

The lawsuit describes Apple’s violation like this: “The program file contains a first executive control program, representing a limited version of the program file. License transaction information is entered in the registration shell portion, and that information is transmitted from the registration shell to a separate registration program provided in a registration computer. The registration program merges the license transaction information with a second executive control program – representing a complete version of the program file – to generate a unique overlay file. The unique overlay file is transmitted from the registration program to the registration shell, and contains the second executive control program. The overlay file is installed in the main program file, thereby allowing complete operation of the program file.”

Companies named in the lawsuit include Adobe; Apple; Arial Software; Autodesk; Carbonite; Corel; Eastman Kodak Co; International Business Machines Corp; Intuit; Microsoft; McAfee; Online Holdings; Oracle; Rockwell Automation; Rosetta Stone; SAP America; Siemens; and Sony Creative Software.



  • David M.

    Another one???!! The blatant frequency of these lawsuits… doesn’t it already wave a HUGE red flag, indicating to the US Attorney General’s office that something absolutely whacked is going on at the courts of the East Disctrict of Texas?

    • Jim Dalrymple

      You would think so, but apparently not.

  • Eric

    Maybe all these companies need to buy up all the homes and businesses in that county and then kick everyone out and turn it into a dump for nuclear waste. It would contribute more to the economy and the well-being of the country.

    You’d think conservative Texas would hate this kind of anti-business nonsense. But then that would be attributing logic to such people.

  • http://www.corymathews.com Cory

    “You’d think conservative Texas would hate this kind of anti-business nonsense. But then that would be attributing logic to such people.”

    As a Texan I would rather shoot these people then be associated with them.

    “You’d think conservative Texas would hate this kind of anti-business nonsense.”

    We do..

    “But then that would be attributing logic to such people.”

    …stereotype.. screw off. Just fyi Texas was the last to go into the recession, and will more then likely be the first to get out. We have had more people move into Texas then any other state. It must be because we are dumb..

    • Jim Dalrymple

      “As a Texan I would rather shoot these people then be associated with them.”

      LOL, that was priceless!!!

  • Phillip

    We need laws to protect people and companies from the on going law suite about patents. If you can’t figure out in a year or two that some person or company is infringing on a patient, then snooze you loose. How can we have companies or individuals come to market with great innovation, when you most likely will be sued. I think this will kill innovation in the USA.

  • http://ebooktest.wordpress.com Mike Cane

    Hahaha. I love it. This is basically a lawsuit saying that DRM has been ripped off!

  • AGM

    Welcome to the stupid nonsense patents over software. Hopefully they were not permitted here in Europe. I agree that it will kill innovation in the USA (which by the way is probably the most innovative country in the world). You guys need to change this ASAP!