Patent suit targets Apple, Microsoft over digital file encryption

“Both Apple and its rival Microsoft have been hit with a new lawsuit accusing them and others of violating patents related to digital file encryption and security,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“The complaint was filed this week by Tallgrass Prairie Management in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, where lawsuits are frequently filed in hopes of a favorable outcome for the plaintiff,” Marsal reports. “In addition to Apple and Microsoft, the suit targets WinMagic and CheckPoint Software Technologies.”

Marsal reports, “The four defendants are accused of violating three patents related to secure data encryption, allowing users to ensure that others cannot access sensitive files. The patents in the suit are all named ‘Method for Preventing Inadvertent Betrayal by a Trustee of Escrowed Digital Secrets.'”

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    1. Ah, it’s once again time for my mighty Team political troll hammer!

      8ppppppt’s intension is to blame an ‘R’ governor who’s running for president. However like all dumb Team cheerleaders, he’ a clueless idiot.

      For a moment let’s remove your obvious stupidity, and forget that you are asking a state governor to control a federal judge.

      East Texas’ patent troll problem is almost exclusively thanks to judge T. John Ward, a President Bill Clinton appointee. Marshall Texas is also primarily economy is insurance claims processing and medical insurance processing, both industries are historically very large contributors to both political parties. However in recent years the medical insurance industry has especially cozier up to a certain party and a particular administration… Obama’s. These companies benefited greatly when the President pushes a law that forces people to buy their product.

      This patent troll problem is entirely a Democrat embarrassment. Judge T. John Ward was appointed by Bill Clinton to his federal gig, and the city and county are an overwhelmingly Democrat supported economy. It’s their town, and their legacy.

      Once again, Democrats are totally vile, corrupt and idiotic, only because they are Democrats. Blaming or equating with anyone else does not excuse or minimize their own shameless incompetence and corrupt graft in any way.

      But thanks for playing, dumb dumb.

      1. Dude you turned your reply into nothing more than a troll killing whatever point you were trying to make in the process.

        When using a hammer of any kind be careful to not let it bounce up and hit you in the face.

  1. a lot of prior art. Apple, ms and everyone else is using public/private key management developed in the 70s.

    Nothing new beyond symetric algorithms has come along in all that time.

    of course with the crap bag that is the us patent system im sure these @ss clowns probably own the mere idea of encrypting data.

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