Microsoft gets sued by Arendi and Tierravision in patent row

Leaping lizards. Microsoft has a tough time ahead, with the news that the company is being sued by not one, but two companies.

The two separate court cases both accuse the all encompassing company of patent infringement.

The first grumbling comes from Luxembourg based company Arendi, which claims that the corporation infringed on US patent 7,917,843

This patent, according to the filing, relates to a computer readable format for addressing handling from a computer program. 

The company said it was the “exclusive owner of all rights, title”. It said in the court filing that it was fingering Microsoft because it had reportedly made and sold nearly exactly the same product over in the US within its Office software suite.  For its troubles and stress Arendi now wants compensation, which will include damages, court fees and we assume, hush money too.

However it’s not just Arendi after Microsoft’s head with Terrorvision, sorry Tierravision going after the company too. It’s taking on RIM and Google too.

It has filed a complaint in a Californian court accusing the companies of selling or importing products including hardware mobile wireless communication devices and/or software for smartphones, allegedly infringing patent RE41,983, which is a  mapping service that does not require copious amounts of streaming.

What’s more, Tierravision has personal beef with RIM following discussions way back in 2004, when there were talks by RIM to buy the company.

Tierravision claims in the filing that in September of that year Mr Cooper and Martha Dennis, Chairperson of the Tierravision Board of Advisors, met with Mike Lazaridis, CEO of RIM, at RIM’s facilities in Waterloo, Ontario.

It said that during the meeting, Tierravision gave RIM a demonstration of its proprietary mapping service and later on during negotiations gave RIM the requested documents that proved Tierravision had the patents to this. It also provided the company with other “confidential” information.

At the time RIM was said to have claimed that if the buy went ahead it would install Tierravision’s wireless mapping software on the BlackBerry device. After more meetings and more promises RIM apparently dropped the idea for the buyout, but also announced a new mapping service, which Tierravision claims is the same as its patented version.

And it doesn’t end there. In the documents Tierravision also states that in 2007 Mr Cooper spoke with Google about the mapping service. It now claims that months later Google bought out a similar product.

Microsoft also gets a mention for importing, and offering products with the “patented” software embedded.