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Apple is accused in lawsuit of infringing on Intertrust patents

Intertrust Technologies Corp.'s lawsuit against Apple alleges that the iPhone, iPad and other Apple devices violated Intertrust's patents. Above, an Apple store in Beijing on March 12. (Tomohiro Ohsumi / Bloomberg / March 12, 2013) Apple is famous (or notorious, depending on your point of view) for going it alone on some technologies rather than joining the rest of the tech crowd. For example, its iTunes store sold downloadable songs for years in a copy-protected format that only Apple's devices could play, and even today it eschews the de facto industry standard for downloadable tracks (MP3) in favor of a far more obscure one (AAC). And although its Apple TV devices can stream video from several sites, they can download them only from iTunes. One way the company has enforced such exclusivity is through the proprietary technology it uses to guard against piracy. On Wednesday, however, privately held Intertrust Technologies Corp. of Sunnyvale, Calif., sued Apple, ac

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