New Patent-Infringement Lawsuit Takes Aim at Apple’s Entire Product Line
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is being sued by Rembrandt Patent Innovations LLC and Rembrandt Secure Computing LP for allegedly infringing on a patent that the companies hold, Patently Apple reports. According to the filed complaint, the patent in dispute is titled “Secure and Reliable Boot Strap Architecture” and was issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2001.
The patent summary describes “an architecture for initializing a computer system that ensures the integrity of the bootstrap process and provides reliability. Integrity is validated at each layer transition in the bootstrap process and a recovery process is included for integrity check failures.”
The plaintiffs claim “Apple’s servers and other Apple electronic devices that support iTunes functionality, and any Apple electronic devices configured or adapted to operate with Apple’s iPhone OS or iOS” are infringing on this “bootstrap architecture.” Although the patent holders list almost all of Apple’s products, it is the systems and methods for secure booting and recovery used by these devices that are at the heart of the complaint.