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Macrovision vs. Altiris Lawsuit

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Stefan Krueger

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 09:52

According to news sources on the web, Macrovision Corp. sued Altiris Inc., claiming it's infringing two patents covering a system for managing product licenses.
In his blog, Rod Trent of myITforum.com writes:
In a complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in San Jose, Calif., Macrovision asked for a court order blocking Altiris from using its patented technology without permission. Macrovision is also seeking monetary damages for the unauthorized use of its innovations.
    Macrovision said it fears that Altiris is planning to sue it for infringing an Altiris patent and asked for a court order declaring that it's not. Altiris, which makes software used to manage computer systems, sent a letter last month ''in bad faith and without any reasonable basis'' threatening to sue Macrovision for using Altiris' patented technology without permission, according to the complaint.
    Altiris also contacted at least one prospective customer of Macrovision and told it that a software package the company uses infringes a patent that Altiris owns. Altiris did so ''with the intent to disrupt Macrovision's economic or potential economic relationship,'' the suit said.
    Macrovision said it's entitled to cash compensation for the economic interference.

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Some of you may remember the 2003 lawsuit where InstallShield Software Corp. (now owned by Macrovision) sued Wise Solutions, Inc. (now owned by Altiris) for electronic espionage, misappropriation of trade secrets, and copyright infringement (for information see here and here and here). As far as I know, a result of that lawsuit was never published.