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OCT 2 9 2004
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InterTrust Technologies Corp.
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Microsoft and InterTrust Settle Outstanding
Litigation and License Intellectual Property
Redmond, WA, and Santa Clara, CA, April 12, 2004 - Microsoft
Corporation and InterTrust Technologies Corporation announced today
that Microsoft has taken a comprehensive license to InterTrust's
patent portfolio for a one-time payment of $440 million.
The agreement resolves all outstanding litigation between the two
companies. In addition, InterTrust receives rights under Microsoft
patents to design and publish InterTrust reference technology
specifications related to DRM (Digital Rights Management) and
security. Microsoft and InterTrust believe this agreement will
accelerate adoption and development of DRM technologies.
"Licensing InterTrust's patent portfolio reaffirms Microsoft's
commitment to the importance of intellectual property rights as well
as our commitment to our end-user customers to stand behind our
products in these emerging technology areas," said Marshall Phelps,
deputy general counsel and corporate vice president of intellectual
property at Microsoft. "One of our goals with this and our broader IP
licensing program is to provide peace of mind for our customers and
partners by letting them know that patent licensing Is our
responsibility. Doing an effective job at managing the IP in our
software differentiates our products and builds confidence that
Microsoft has the rights necessary to build innovative solutions."
"Today's announcement validates InterTrust's intellectual property
portfolio as seminal to advancing DRM and trusted computing in the
marketplace," said Talal Shamoon, chief executive officer of
InterTrust. InterTrust will continue to help drive the adoption of
these Important technologies through our inventions, licensing
programs and reference technologies, and we expect to develop a
thriving licensing business going forward."
The settlement agreement ensures that Microsoft's end user
customers can use Microsoft products and services as they are
intended to be used without requiring a license from InterTrust. In
addition, software developers who build products using Microsoft
platform technology will not require an InterTrust license for normal
and expected uses of the Microsoft technology.
However, developers, including system integrators, may need a
license from InterTrust for other uses of Microsoft technology,
including cases in which Microsoft technology is combined with third
party technology. Information about licensing terms, questions about
whether a license is needed, and documents needed to license
InterTrust technology can be found in licensing. Third-party software
developers can also obtain information from Microsoft at
www. microsoft.com/ presspass.
"DRM solutions are essential to secure valuable personal, business,
and commercial content in a massively connected world," said Will
Poole, senior vice president of the Windows client business at
Microsoft. "With our existing technology and IP portfolio combined
with our new agreement with InterTrust, Microsoft Is committed to
working with the broader industry to accelerate the promotion of DRM
standards and solutions. Microsoft and our partners are delivering the
most powerful and flexible rights management solutions in the
industry, while assuring customers that we have the IP necessary to
secure our nroriucts."
secure our products."
About InterTrust Technologies Corporation
InterTrust Is an independent, privately held company located in Silicon
Valley. The Company was founded In 1990 and was publicly traded
from 1999 to early 2003 when It merged with a joint venture owned
by Sony, Philips, and Stephens Bank. The Company holds 30 U.S.
patents and has over 100 patent applications pending worldwide.
InterTrusfs patent portfolio covers software and hardware techniques
that can be implemented in a broad range of products that use DRM
and trusted computing technologies, including computer operating
systems, digital media platforms, web services, and enterprise
Infrastructure. InterTrust has research, engineering, and IP groups
focused on developing and monetizing next-generation technologies
About Microsoft Inc.
Founded In 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT) is the worldwide leader
in software, services, and solutions that help people and businesses
realize their full potential.
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For more information, press only:
Robin Buckley, Buckley Kaldenbach for InterTrust, (703) 533-9805,
Isabel Kaldenbach, Buckley Kaldenbach for InterTrust, (703) 979-
Leigh Anne Varney, Varney Business Communications for InterTrust,
(415) 387-7250, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark L Martin, Waggener Edstrom for Microsoft, (425) 638-7000,
Microsoft Rapid Response Team, Waggener Edstrom, (503) 443-7070,
Note to editors: Additional information on InterTrust and Microsoft can
be found at the following websites. For InterTrust, please visit other
pages of this website. For Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft web
page at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/ on Microsoft's
corporate information pages. Web links, telephone numbers, and titles
were correct at time of publication, but may since have changed. For
additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft's
and/or InterTrust's Rapid Response Teams respectively or other
appropriate contacts listed at
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