Microsoft Settles With InterTrust

Microsoft announces the settlement of another outstanding lawsuit.

Microsoft last week announced the settlement of another outstanding lawsuit. It will pay multimedia anti-piracy company InterTrust Technologies $440 million for a comprehensive license to InterTrusts patent portfolio in an agreement that also resolves all outstanding litigation between the companies.

The deal lets Microsoft accelerate the development and promotion of DRM (digital rights management) solutions. As part of the agreement, InterTrust receives rights under Microsoft patents to design and publish InterTrust reference technology specifications related to DRM and security.

InterTrust filed suit against Microsoft in 2001, alleging that the software maker violated 11 patents in Windows, Office, Windows Media Player and Xbox. Last July, a federal judge sided with InterTrust, which was subsequently acquired for $453 million in November by Fidelio Acquisition, a venture company in which Sony is a key partner.

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