HP and Apple Sued over Secure Cloud Computing Patents
St. Luke Technologies, LLC filed separate lawsuits in the Eastern District of Texas against HP (2:15-cv-01545) and Apple (2:15-cv-01547). Each complaint asserts patents that St. Luke organizes into two categories: Secure Third-Party Communications (STPC) patents and Information Record Infrastructure (IRI) patents. The STPC patents generally relate to encrypted communications over a computing network. All five are asserted in the campaign, four against both HP and Apple (7,181,017; 7,869,591; 8,904,181; 8,316,237) and the fifth against only Apple (8,566,247). The IRI patents relate to accessing protected information housed in remote databases. Two of them are asserted only against HP (8,380,630; 8,600,895), while two others are asserted against both HP and Apple (7,587,368, 8,498,941). The complaints accuse of infringement a variety of products and services that operate via or provide secure communications over the Internet (e.g. HP Voltage Data Security, HP Live Vault, HP Autonomy Products for Compliance, Apple iMessage, FaceTime, iTunes, iOS mobile devices, and Apple FairPlay Streaming incorporated into Apple TV, iTunes, iOS6.0 and later, Safari, OS X 10.10.4 and later).