BackWeb sues Microsoft over 'push' technology
Claims Redmond infringed four patents
BackWeb Technologies is suing Microsoft for infringement of four of the company’s patents.
The firm filed a lawsuit against the software giant on 20 March with the US District Court in San Francisco.
BackWeb has accused Microsoft’s Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), Windows Update and other products of infringing four of its patents.
The Israel and San Jose, California-based firm said it is seeking damages, an injunction and a declaration by the court that “Microsoft’s software update technologies infringe BackWeb patents.”
BackWeb describes itself as a “pioneer” in the so-called internet “push” communications technology. It has been developing the tech since 1995.
Microsoft wasn’t immediately available for comment at time of writing. ®
Sorry I wrote software to push (and pull) software and data updates automatically way back when the only comms was dial up modems running at 1200 baud. As soon as autodial modems came out we wrote our own software and implemented it for our customers to replace manual methods which had been used in the past.
That was probably around 1984. Clear prior art! It even included recovery from point of failure, error checking (as not all modems were then) and numerous other 'modern' features.
The more insanely retarded patent claims we have the closer we get to having the idiot system overhauled.
The fact it is targeted at Mickeysoft is a bonus!
Paris, because she's the ultimate push client
so anyone 'pushing' data to an application is infringing on a patent?!
That doesnt sound right