Microsoft subsidary hit with security patent lawsuit

In October, Microsoft announced it was acquiring the Overland Park, Kansas-based PhoneFactor. The company, founded in 2001, develops security and authentication software solutions and is now officially part of Microsoft's Windows Azure division. At the time, Microsoft said PhoneFactor's work would be incorporated into many of its products, including Office 365.

Now a New Jersey-based company called StrikeForce has filed a lawsuit against PhoneFactor, claiming that the company is in violation of a patent that StrikeForce was granted in 2011. PCWorld.com reports that the patent itself, according to StrikeForce, covers "several key technologies underlying a multichannel security system for granting and denying access to a host computer in response to a demand from an access-seeking individual and computer."

Neither StrikeForce nor Microsoft would comment further on the lawsuit. Ironically, this new court battle comes on the heels of rumors that Microsoft may finally be close to offering two-factor authentication for Microsoft Accounts. It's possible that Microsoft's solution uses software made by PhoneFactor, in which case it could be under the umbrella of the StrikeForce legal action. Microsoft has yet to officially comment on any plans to add a two-factor authentication option for its online accounts.

Source: PCWorld.com | Image via PhoneFactor

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Suprised that they even got that patent. "granting and denying access to a host computer in response to a demand from an access-seeking individual and computer." Hasn't people been able to get a response from network based servers to individual computers for a lot longer then 2011?

Of course, our patent system is already broken, so what is one more bad approved patent.

doesn't surprise me. I haven't seen MS innovate or develop anything that rocked the PC world since the late 90's. now they just purchase companies for their IP and incorporate it into their own... but I guess if you have the money..

how do lawsuits like this affect the stock prices of say MS?

no one is denying that, but to say that MS doesn't innovate or develop anything that rocked the PC world like what the OP said is ignorant and irrational.