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Friday, 13 August 2010 12:26

VirnetX sues Apple and Cisco

Written by Nick Farell


Microsoft capitulates
VirnetX, which reached a $200 million settlement with Microsoft, has sued Apple, NEC, Aastra, Cisco over the same technology.

VirnetX filed the case yesterday in federal court in Tyler, Texas. The Scotts Valley, California-based company is seeking cash and an order to ban further use of its patented inventions. The patents cover use of a domain-name service to set up virtual private networks, through which a website owner can interact with customers in a secure way or an employee can work at home and access a company’s electronic files. It was developed from work performed for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to develop secure communications, VirnetX. (Which means that it's overpriced and usually gets things dead wrong. sub.ed.)

Jobs' Mob used the idea in its iPhone, iPod music player and iPad Virnet claims. Cisco used it in its Communications manager products, routers and servers. Microsoft, the world’s biggest software maker, agreed to pay $200 million in May to end a patent dispute that involved some of the same patents as in the latest case.

Nick Farell

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+5 #1 blandead 2010-08-13 12:53
if they already won again microsoft then I don't see how the other companies are getting away with it. seems like they legitimately have the patent on this so they will be rolling in some dough soon.
 
 
+6 #2 Bl0bb3r 2010-08-13 13:41
Why do these patent holders piss me off?... hm!

I guess it's time to start thinking about throwing away that patent system seeing how every though someone has can't be put to use because another douche already thought of it. That's just dumb.

I know that system is meant to protect intellectual works from theft, but the thing gets out of control if they can't prove it WAS theft and still get granted damages.
 
 
0 #3 blandead 2010-08-13 23:40
eh... its just your typical legal system who knows whats going on half the time. I do agree there seems to be so much similar technology and methods to use it, that some random person can be like oh don't I have a patent for that? and then sue everyone like so, even though they aren't doing anything with it.
 
 
+1 #4 Fud_u 2010-08-14 00:28
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
Why do these patent holders piss me off?... hm!

I guess it's time to start thinking about throwing away that patent system seeing how every though someone has can't be put to use because another douche already thought of it. That's just dumb.

I know that system is meant to protect intellectual works from theft, but the thing gets out of control if they can't prove it WAS theft and still get granted damages.


What patent system needed is a reform and not throw away. First step is to throw away stupid patent just like we throw away one liner comments.
 
 
+2 #5 Bl0bb3r 2010-08-15 13:23
I disagree... while now, some patents might be considered complex and unique, in 10 to 20 years, those ideas will become common usage on their own. What do you do, throw away every 10 years a bunch of patents?

What you ask through reform is what copyright is supposed to offer for the content creator. Unfortunately, C is only used in the interpretation big media corps see it fit to make them more money.

The obsolete patenting system is a form of copyrighting which should protect works from theft by bodies that try to gain monetary profit from it.

Why keep a system that acts like parts of another system which is wildly used but undeveloped even in its more-complex state?

Reform Copyright to give the actual creators the power and then we will talk.
 

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