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Monday, July 2, 2012

Russia's Kaspersky Lab, an anti-virus software developer, has won a lawsuit against US-based IPAT. The suit accused the leading Russian anti-virus company of breaching its patents. The head of Kaspersky Lab, Yevgeny Kaspersky, wrote about the case on his Livejournal blog on June 26.

Yevgeny Kaspersky profile“A court in the Eastern District of Texas has passed its ruling on a lawsuit filed by IPAT, fully lifting all accusations from us. Importantly, the court ruling bears WITH PREJUDICE mark, which means IPAT will be unable to file a lawsuit on these patents again!” Kaspersky wrote.

According to Kaspersky, in 2008 IPAT filed two patent lawsuits against the Lab and another 34 companies, including Symantec, Sophos, McAfee, F-Secure, CA, Trend Micro, Novell, Eset, Microsoft and others.

The U.S. firm accused the defendants of violating its patents describing methods for limiting the launch of software programs.

The court win has cost Kaspersky Lab three and a half years of work and $2.5 million in legal fees, Kaspersky said.

Kaspersky Lab was the only one of 35 companies which brought a lawsuit against IPAT and refused to sign an out of court settlement and pay alleged indemnities, Kaspersky said.

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