Apple, 11 other companies sued over OS permissions tech

“Apple is among a dozen systems builders being sued this month for infringing on a pair of patents that cover system-wide software permissions for defining the range of operations that computer applications may or may not perform,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“Texas-based Information Protection and Authentication of Texas (IPAT), the owner of the patents, and Florida-based Global Innovation Technology Holdings (GITH), their exclusive licensee, jointly filed the 12-page formal complaint last Thursday in a south Florida district court,” Marsal reports.

“At issue is US patent No. 5,311,591, titled ‘Computer system security method and apparatus for creating and using program authorization information data structures,’ filed in 1992 and granted two years later, and US patent No. 5,412,717, its continuation, granted in 1995,” Marsal reports.

“The two firms repeat the accusations, in whole or in part, against 11 other PC makers, including Acer, Alienware, American Future Technology, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP, Lenovo, Motion Computing, and Panasonic,” Marsal reports. “They’re seeking a trial by jury and asking the court to award an injunction, damages, and attorneys fees.”

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