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InfoWorld: Microsoft, Apple sued for offering online updates

U.K.-based BTG Plc has sued Microsoft Corp. and Apple Computer Inc. for allegedly infringing a patent that covers Web-enabled software update technologies, the company announced Wednesday.

BTG has filed the lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Court in the Northern District of California in conjunction with New York-based Teleshuttle Corp. and Teleshuttle Technologies LLC, the holders of the patent which BTG said is being infringed. BTG holds the worldwide licensing rights to the patent.

The lawsuit charges Microsoft and Apple with infringement of United States patent number 6,557,054, alleging that Microsoft’s and Apple’s operating systems, as well as Microsoft Office products, incorporate the patented technologies.