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Visto Files Legal Action Against Microsoft Because of Technology Used on Windows Mobile Platform
Posted on 16-Dec-2005 00:13. | Tags Filed under: News.

Visto Corporation has filed a legal action against Microsoft for misappropriating Visto's intellectual property. The complaint asserts that Microsoft has infringed upon multiple patents Visto holds regarding proprietary technology that provides enterprises and consumers with mobile access to their email and other data. The company is seeking a permanent injunction that would prohibit Microsoft from using this technology.

Most individuals and business subscribers get Visto Mobile service through their mobile phone carrier. Visto's clients include operators like Cingular, Sprint-Nextel, the Vodafone Group, and Rogers Wireless.

Company co-founder Daniel Mendez and others developed a system to allow consumers to securely receive their email and other sensitive data via mobile phones or other mobile devices while traveling. Mendez and Visto went on to patent the system that drives email from personal or business servers to mobile devices like cell phones and allows users to access sensitive data and email stored behind secure corporate firewalls.

"With the recent explosion in smart phone technology and demand for mobile email access, the market has caught up with Visto's original vision," said Mr. Mendez. "We worked many long nights over many years and invested heavily to develop and patent our technology at a time when many people thought we were working on future fantasies. Now, when the market potential is obvious to everyone, other companies want to misappropriate the technologies that we invented and to benefit, for free, from our hard work and innovation."

Visto asserts that Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 infringes on Visto's patented technology. The company is concerned about Microsoft's recent decision to bundle Windows Mobile 5.0 with their Exchange server software.

Visto's lawsuit specifically alleges that Microsoft has infringed on three patents relating to its mobile access to email and data technology, including:

  • U.S. Patent No. 6,085,192 titled, "System And Method For Securely Synchronizing Multiple Copies Of A Workspace Element In A Network"

  • U.S. Patent No. 6,708,221 titled, "System And Method For Globally And Securely Accessing Unified Information In A Computer Network"

  • U.S. Patent No. 6,151,606 titled, "System And Method For Using A Workspace Data Manager To Access, Manipulate And Synchronize Network Data"

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