Apple, Intertrust iron out lawsuit over security software patents

Intertrust alleged Apple violated more than a dozen patents in the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac products, relating to security software technologies.

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Apple and Intertrust have settled a patent dispute for an undisclosed sum, according to a report.

Intertrust, a maker of digital rights management technologies and largely owned by Sony and Philips, sued Apple in California a year ago, claiming it violated 15 patents in its product lines, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac products.

The patents cover security and trusted computing features embedded in the devices. Apple's mobile devices are increasingly being adopted by small to medium-sized businesses and large companies thanks to their strong performance in enterprise security.

"No other entity uses Intertrust technologies so extensively at so many levels of its enterprise," according to the original complaint. "Apple's mobile devices... are built upon secure computing technologies developed and patented by Intertrust... that underpin Apple's mobile device operating system, iOS."

Intertrust chief executive Talal Shamoon said following the ruling it was "regrettable" that the company was forced to seek court assistance to resolve its claims.

Intertrust previously won a $440 million settlement from Microsoft in 2004 after similar claims were made.