BetaNet have targeted Apple, along with Microsoft and other companies such as IBM, Kodak and Abobe over alleged infringement of two patents. U.S. Patent No 5,222,134 awarded in 1993 is entitled ‘Secure System for Activating Personal Computer Software at Remote Locations.” and 5,103,476, of 1992 has the name “Secure System for Activating Personal Computer Software at Remote Locations.”
The complainant has accused Apple of selling software to remote computers through ITunes, Aperture, Quicktime and MobileMe. BetaNet believe that these products from Apple are in violation of their patent.
“(Apple is) using, selling and offering to sell computer software via a process that provides a program file — including a loader segment and a registration shell portion — to a remote computer having a display,” the complaint reads. “The program file contains a first executive control program, representing a limited version of the program file. License transaction information is entered into the registration shell portion, and that information is transmitted from the registration shell to a separate registration program provided in a registration computer. The registration program merges the license transaction information with the second executive control program — representing a complete version of the program file to — to generate a unique overlay file. The unique overlay file is transmitted from the registration program to the registration shell, and contains the second executive control program. The overlay file is installed on the main program file, thereby allowing complete operation of the program file.”
There are other applications mentioned by BetaNet in the suit, such as Adobe’s Creative Suite, Acrobat and Photoshop. Microsoft Office is also included, as well as Silverlight and Windows Server.
This latest suit from BetaNet was filed in a U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas.