Microsoft filed a complaint with the U.S. Copyright Office on Monday, accusing Staples of infringing the patents for Photo Prints, Photo Albums, and File Uploading, and also filing a counterclaim with the court.
According to the complaint, Staples is a “leading provider of photo and print services” and “has an extensive portfolio of patents related to Photo Print, Photo album, and file uploading.”
It also claims that Microsoft infringed patents related, among other things, to “image extraction from digital image files.”
The complaint notes that Staples also “violated copyright law by distributing a number of Microsoft software products without prior permission and by offering unauthorized copies of these products to consumers.”
In addition, the complaint alleges that Staples “has been involved in litigation with Microsoft regarding copyright infringement,” including a class action suit filed in the U and W courts of the Southern District of New York.
The complaint also claims Staples has been “a leading provider of Photo Print and Photo Album products to a broad market of consumers” and that it has been infringing patents related “to Image Extracting, Image Processing, and Image Processing Systems.”
“This infringement of Microsoft patents is occurring in the United States because Microsoft is located in the same country as Staples and therefore Microsoft’s infringing conduct is being carried out in the geographic jurisdiction of Staples,” the complaint says.
Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.