MetLife Faces Suit Over TQP Encryption Patent

Law360, New York (January 4, 2010, 4:26 PM EST) -- Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. has become the latest company to be targeted by TQP Development LLC, which accuses the insurer of infringing a patent for encrypted data transmission.

The suit, filed Dec. 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas by the Texas-based company, follows similar actions it has brought against dozens of large financial services firms and online vendors.

In its complaint, TQP claims that MetLife's Web sites use methods for transmitting data involving a sequence of blocks in encrypted form...
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