Feeds

VirnetX flings second patent infringement sueball at Microsoft

Claims Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 use VPN tech

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

VirnetX is hoping to scoop up a brace of lawsuit wins against Microsoft, after it filed a second patent infringement claim against the company yesterday.

On Tuesday, Redmond was ordered to pay VirnetX nearly $106m after a US jury in Texas ruled that Microsoft "willfully" used the firm's virtual private network (VPN) tech in products including Windows XP, Windows Vista and Office.

Now, buoyed by its victory against the software giant, VirnetX has once again aimed its legal guns at Microsoft's Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms, alleging that those operating systems violate the same patents.

"This is a tactical and procedural post-trial action to ensure and protect our property rights as we proceed to final resolution with Microsoft," said VirnetX president and CEO Kendall Larsen.

His company filed a complaint in the Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas alleging infringement of US patents 6,502,135 and 7,188,180 on Wednesday, just one day after VirnetX won its first battle against Microsoft.

MS, for its part, said earlier this week it would appeal the award and denied that Microsoft products had infringed VirnetX patents.

SeattlePI, which was first to report VirnetX's second legal punch-up with Microsoft, said the company didn't include Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 in the original June 2008 lawsuit because the OS wasn't released until October 2009.

"While we can't comment specifically about the new complaint because we have not been served, Microsoft respects intellectual property, and we believe our products do not infringe the patents involved," Microsoft legal flack Kevin Kutz told SeattlePI.

"Moreover, we believe those patents are invalid. We will challenge VirnetX's claims." ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM
In the immortal words of Shaggy, it wasn't me us ... amirite?
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.