Big Patent Firm Sues Nine Tech Firms

Intellectual Ventures LLC, which has spent a decade buying and filing for patents, named nine big technology companies as defendants in its first-ever infringement suits.

The closely held firm was co-founded by former Microsoft Corp. chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold, who had avoided litigation for years but never ruled it out.

Intellectual Venture’s lawsuits focus on patents in the fields of computer security and semiconductor technology. One suit names Symantec Corp., McAfee Inc., Trend Micro Inc. and Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

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