Intertrust Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit with Apple

After spending a year in the courtroom, Intertrust Technologies has settled a patent infringement case it started against Apple back in March 2013, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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When Intertrust, a pioneer in digital-copyright protection, sued Apple, it accused the iPhone maker of infringing 15 patents on security and distributed trusted computing. The lawsuit covered a broad range of key Apple products such as iDevices, Mac computers, Apple TV, and even services such as iCloud, iTunes, and the App Store.

Back then, Apple denied allegations of infringing the patents and said that the Intertrust patents were invalid.

A year later, however, it seems that those patents were, indeed, valid as Apple has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount for Intertrust to dismiss the case. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Oakland, California, and on Tuesday the two parties informed the judge that they have reached a settlement.

Apple wasn’t the only target Intertrust had: According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, the company successfully “courted” Microsoft 10 years ago, with the latter paying $440 million to settle the litigation. Sony and Philips both hold a 49.5% stake in the company.