DRM Spat Stayed While Patent Is Reexamined

Law360, New York (October 4, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Agreeing that an upcoming reexamination by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office could moot the case entirely, a federal judge on Thursday granted the requests of a gaggle of technology titans to stay an individual inventor's suit over a patent covering digital rights management technology.

The patent at issue in the case, U.S. Patent Number 6,665,797, covers a method of protecting software against unauthorized use. The plaintiff, Ho Keung Tse, sued Apple Inc., MusicMatch Inc., Napster Inc., RealNetworks Inc. and Sony Connect Inc. in August 2005...
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