Microsoft gets hit with another Skype patent lawsuit

Less than two weeks ago, Microsoft was served with a lawsuit by VirnetX, claiming that its Skype VoIP service violates six of VirnetX's patents relating to Virtual Private Networking (VPN). Today, another company has taken aim at Microsoft and Skype with its own patent lawsuit.

CopyTele's press release stated today that its subsidiary, Secure Web Conference Corporation. filed the lawsuit today in U.S. District Court in New York. CopyTele, which says its business model involves the acquisition of "patented technologies for the purposes of patent monetization and patent assertion" claims Microsoft Skype service violates patents related to "encryption technology" that are owned by Secure Web Conference Corporation.

In a statement, CopyTele's president and CEO Robert Berman claims that the patents involved in the lawsuit with Microsoft "are a prime example of the enormous, untapped potential at CTI." He added that the company will launch "additional assertion programs" (i.e. more lawsuits) as well as work on acquiring more patents.

Microsoft has yet to comment on the new CopyTele lawsuit. The company acquired Skype in October 2011 for $8.5 billion. Since then, Microsoft has continued to see Skype expanded to more platforms, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, and it now generates two billion minutes of calls per day worldwide.

Source: CopyTele | Image via Microsoft

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Directly from CopyTele's post - "CopyTele develops and acquires patented technologies for the purposes of patent monetization and patent assertion." a.k.a. Patent trolling.

copytele's moto should be " Fee Fi Fo Fum we smell the money of a BIG corporation, Be he Microsoft or be he Apple we'll sue your ass until your a cripple"

If it was good enough to let Skype get away with it for all the while it was then it should be good enough to let MS also get away with it but as per usual little patent troll smells big $$$$ and comes out from under the bridge to sue

Seems strange this would hold up in court after Skype being available for that long.
Is it just because MS owns it now they hope to get a piece of the pie?

Philip James Fry said,
why...did they not hit skype with this when it wasnt owned by Microsoft?

Probably because Microsoft just pushed Skype to the millions via the forced update from Windows Live Messenger. It was pretty much optional for users to chose to download and install it. Microsoft is now making people use it, now VirnetX is making Microsoft pay for the right to push it on to users... or something