Kaspersky Lab beats patent troll in court
IPAT accepts loss as security vedor goes on offensive
TechTrade | 16 Jul 2012 :
Security company Kaspersky Lab is toasting its recent court victory over a 'patent troll', the Russian firm being the only vendor among a clutch of big names to hold out against the demands of the US patent company that brought the case.
The case started life over three years ago IPAT (Information Protection and Authentication) demanded that up to 35 tech vendors including Microsoft, Symantec and CA pay license fees to cover two early 1990s patents that described security functions including a primitive sandboxing and application control concept to secure programs.
The patent description for the latter was vague by today's standards but IPAT deemed many security companies to be in breach of it, including Kaspersky Lab and rivals such as AVG, Check Point Software, ESET, F-Secure, Kaspersky Lab, McAfee, PC Tools, Sophos, and Trend Micro.
Few companies mentioned the issue again although apparently all bar Kaspersky Lab gave up and paid out fees of up to $5 million per annum to settle the dispute.
Little reported outside Russia, District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled in favour of Kaspersky in late June.
IPAT would not be able to bring further claims against Kaspersky Lab despite accepting the judgment in a "grudging" way, Kaspersky claimed.
"This is a major achievement. Back in 2008 I said to our lawyers there would be no backing down - we would go to court and fight it out with them," said Kaspersky Lab founder and CEO Eugene Kaspersky.
"It was our first experience of a patent legal battle and we decided to stand our ground and stand up for our rights. Now we are mulling over ideas to strike back at the trolls. Not only are they extorting money, more importantly they are endangering technological progress!"
Kaspersky Lab's chief IP lawyer Nadezhda Kaschenko added: "The process was incredibly time-consuming for my team and our lawyers, all of whom faced numerous issues on a daily basis as they fought to ensure we successfully developed and implemented our defence. This just made us all the more determined to beat the patent trolls!"
IPAT has not made a public statement about the case.
IDG News Service