Microsoft, Yahoo Sued Over Software Activation Feature

Law360, New York (January 13, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- A small software development company has decided to assert its patents in court by challenging several corporate giants, including Microsoft and Yahoo, which allegedly co-opted its method of controlling access to various computer systems.

In a battle that has been brewing for several years, SoftVault Systems Inc. filed two separate lawsuits in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas last week, accusing upwards of ten companies of infringing on their digital rights patent.

“There are actually two complaints,” said Edward Goldstein, a partner at...
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