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Apple, Google, others named in patent infringement suit

updated 10:50 am EDT, Tue October 6, 2009

Case involves embedded web apps

Research and development company Eolas Technologies has filed a lawsuit against over a dozen companies, including major technology businesses such as Apple, Adobe, Amazon, Google, eBay and Sun. Eolas accuses the companies of violating two US patents, 5,838,906 and 7,599,985; the broadest of these is the first, which allegedly covers all "fully-interactive" embedded web applications. The second is an extension, specifically covering embedded apps using plug-in and AJAX (asynchronous JavaScript and XML) code.

The case is being handled through the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, which is infamous for being friendly towards plaintiffs in intellectual property cases. Eolas notes however that the first patent has been upheld in two reexaminations by the US Patent and Trademark Office; the company moreover won a 2004 federal court ruling against Microsoft, at the time valued at $565 million. Damages being sought in the new lawsuit are unspecified.

Some other companies mentioned in the lawsuit include Blockbuster, Chase, Citigroup, Go Daddy, Office Depot, Playboy and Texas Instruments.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. fizzy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    too broad

    I'm sure the courts have no choice but to uphold these broad patents, based on the previous court decisions. Eolas must have invented something, but I'm sure it wasn't every possible embedded web technology all at once. The fact that they can successfully sue should show that the patents were too broad and vague in the first place -- which is exactly the problem with software and tech patents in general -- granting patents for things that are merely concepts, instead of inventions.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Wrong!

    Research and development company Eolas Technologies

    Except the only research they do is who they can sue with the patents they buy, and they really have done no development.

  1. DeezNutts

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Someone needs to put EOLAS out of business!


    This company is nothing more than a sh*tbag patent troll.

    They were able to successfully sue MS in 2003 over ActiveX, claiming they invented the mechanism in which programs embed themselves onto a web page. GMAFB

    The founder has become rich by making patents out of 'obvious' ideas and then suing the h*** out of technology companies.

    This company produces nothing. Someone needs to shut it down.

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