Apple settles patent infringement suit with Sony, Philips-backed Intertrust Technologies

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Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement with Intertrust Technologies, a holding company owned jointly by consumer electronics giants Sony and Philips, putting an end to a patent infringement lawsuit filed against the iPhone maker by Intertrust one year ago.

Attorneys for Apple and Intertrust notified District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers on Tuesday that they had reached a settlement agreement and asked that the lawsuit be dismissed. Gonzalez subsequently granted the request, dismissing all claims with prejudice and ordering that each party bear its own fees and costs. Terms of the settlement were not revealed.

Intertrust originally filed suit last March, alleging that nearly every product in Apple's lineup infringed on at least one of 15 separate Intertrust patents. Those patents, covering security and distributed trusted computing, were said to be in use on the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac computers as well as the iTunes, iCloud, and App Store services.

"Apple makes many great products that use Intertrust's inventions," Intertrust CEO Talal Shamoon said at the time. "Our patents are foundational to modern Internet security and trusted computing, and result from years of internal research and development. We are proud of our record of peaceful and constructive licensing with industry leaders. We find it regrettable that we are forced to seek Court assistance to resolve this matter."

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Intertrust has previously secured patent licensing pacts with nearly every major technology company including Adobe, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, HTC, LG, Vodafone, and parents Sony and Philips. The company has had success in litigation as well, winning a $440 million settlement from Microsoft in 2004.