Intertrust extends lawsuit against Microsoft
Microsoft continues to be caught in the crossfire due to possible copyright and patent infringement. Intertrust, American copy protection developer, had already accused Microsoft a year ago that the media player in Windows XP contained parts that are subject to Intertrust's patent.
Intertrust has now checked all Microsoft products and has increased the seven patent infringements contained in the indictment against the Redmond-based software manufacturer to eleven. According to Intertrust 190 possible copyright violations by Microsoft products are now supposed to have been committed, Intertrust alone makes 144 claims. Thus, there is practically no longer a Microsoft product that has not fallen into disrepute for illegally building on parts of third parties. For example, the well-known products Windows XP, Office XP, Microsoft .net, as well as Xbox or Windows CE are affected. Meanwhile, Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler said that Intertrust had only rushed to file patent lawsuits against Microsoft for economic reasons.