Microsoft and Apple get sued

BTG and Teleshuttle are taking Microsoft and Apple to court for infringing a patent that describes how web-enabled software can be remotely updated.

BTG, the IP and technology commercialisation company, Teleshuttle Corporation and Teleshuttle Technologies have filed a law suit in California against Microsoft and Apple.

The law suit claims that the companies have infringed Teleshuttle Technologies’ patent covering Microsoft’s and Apple’s web-enabled software update technologies.

Specifically, the suit charges Microsoft and Apple with infringement of US patent number 6,557,054. In it, BTG has asserted that both Microsoft and Apple’s operating systems, as well as Microsoft’s Office products, incorporate the patented technologies.

The patent itself – ‘Method and system for distributing updates by presenting directory of software available for user installation that is not already installed on user station’ – was granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office on 29 April 2003.

It is the result of the work of the inventor, Richard Reisman, in the early 1990s, well before the Internet became mainstream. In 1998, he sought out the assistance of BTG to help him protect his inventions through patenting.

Today, the patent is owned by Teleshuttle Technologies with BTG as the exclusive worldwide licensee.

The suit asks for unspecified damages for past infringing activity and an injunction against future use of the technology. This move, BTG says, follows Microsoft’s and Apple’s delay in entering into licensing agreements with BTG on commercially reasonable terms.

You can read the Reisman patent by clicking <link>here=http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6,557,054.WKU.&OS=PN/6,557,054&RS=PN/6,557,054</link>.

But it doesn’t end there. The company has issued yet another suit, this time just against Microsoft, for infringement of Teleshuttle Technologies’ patents covering Microsoft’s active desktop and offline browsing technologies.

This suit charges Microsoft, whose Windows operating systems incorporate these patented technologies, with infringement of US patent numbers 6,658,464, 6,611,862 and 6,125,388.

The patents, granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office on 26 September 2000, 26 August 2003 and 2 December 2003, respectively, are also the work of Richard Reisman.

This suit asks for unspecified damages for past infringing activity and an injunction against future use of the technology. This move, BTG says, follows Microsoft’s delay in entering into a licensing agreement with it on commercially reasonable terms.

Patent 6,658,464 can be viewed by clicking <link>here=http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6,658,464.WKU.&OS=PN/6,658,464&RS=PN/6,658,464</link>.

Patent 6,611,862 can be viewed by clicking <link>here=http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6,611,862.WKU.&OS=PN/6,611,862&RS=PN/6,611,862</link>.

Patent 6,125,388 can be viewed by clicking <link>here=http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6,125,388.WKU.&OS=PN/6,125,388&RS=PN/6,125,388</link>.