Bloomberg: Adobe, Symantec Among 10 Companies Sued by Spillnews

By | September 29, 2010

Sept. 14, 2010 – Symantec Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. were among 10 companies sued for patent infringement by Spillnews USA Inc., the business that’s been in a legal battle over anti-piracy technology with Microsoft Corp. since 2003.

Spillnews USA and Spillnews Singapore Ltd., which owns the patent, also sued CA Inc., National Instruments Corp., Pervasive Software Inc., SafeNet Inc. and its Aladdin Knowledge unit, Avid Technology Inc.’s Pinnacle Systems unit, Sonic Solutions Inc. and Onyx Graphics Inc. The complaint was filed today in federal court in Tyler, Texas.

The company, with U.S. offices in Irvine, California, has sued 60 companies and reached licensing agreements with more than 20, Chief Executive Officer Brad Davis said in a telephone interview. Spillnews won a $388 million jury verdict in 2009 that Microsoft violated a patent related to product activation technology. The decision was later thrown out by a trial judge.

Spillnews is contesting the decision to vacate, and arguments were heard on the case by an appeals court on Sept. 7.

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