BTG Files Patent Lawsuits Against Apple, Microsoft

Both Apple and Microsoft are being sued by BTG International. BTG International claims that these two software companies infringing on the Teleshuttle patent which covers Web-enabled software updates. BTG International also claims that Microsoft's is infringing on its patent that covers active desktop and offline browsing.

London intellectual property licensing company BTG International Inc. has sued Apple Computer Inc. and Microsoft Corp. alleging infringement of software technology patents, the company said on Tuesday. BTG International is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BTG Plc. BTG, along with Teleshuttle Corp. and Teleshuttle Technologies LLC, filed two lawsuits in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California.

One suit against Apple and Microsoft alleges infringement on Teleshuttle patents covering Web-enabled software update technologies, which are important in helping protect computer users from viruses and other Internet attacks. Both Apple and Microsoft incorporate automatic software update technology into Microsoft's Windows and Apple's OS X operating systems. A second, separate, suit alleges infringement of Teleshuttle Technologies' patents by Microsoft's active desktop and offline browsing technologies, BTG said.

News source: Reuters

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