United, Merck Hit With Navy Communications IP Suits

Law360, New York (January 21, 2011, 12:32 PM EST) -- United Airlines Inc. and Merck & Co. Inc. have been accused in separate suits of infringing a U.S. Navy patent covering the transfer of secure information over the Internet.

Security technology company Network Signatures Inc. filed the suits Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, asserting U.S. Patent Number 5,511,122. The Orange County, Calif.-based company is the exclusive licensee of the patent.

According to the complaints, the patent-in-suit was developed by the Naval Research Laboratory, a research and development organization affiliated...
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