Microsoft's ownership of Skype has placed it in the crosshairs of a patent lawsuit.
CopyTele, a company that calls itself "specialists in patent monetization and patent assertion," launched its suit today, alleging that some of the technology used in Skype violates patents owned by its subsidiary, Secure Web Conference Corp.
In its complaint, CopyTele is asserting the infringement of two U.S patents -- "Method and apparatus for securing e-mail attachments" and "Portable telecommunication security device," both granted in 2005.
Both patents concern secure Web-based peer-to-peer communications, such as those used by Skype. … Read more