Tag - Eolas
Eolas Technologies and the Regents of the University of California are suing Facebook, Wal-Mart, and Walt Disney Company over interactive technology patents, including hypermedia display and interaction. The patents were issued to the university and licensed to the Texas-based Eolas, chaired by Michael Doyle. A University of California spokesperson said it considered the patents public assets and they should be "paid a fair value when a third party exploits that university asset for profit."
Eolas' attempt to patent the "interactive web" may have been dealt a permanent blow after a jury in the normally patent lawsuit-friendly town of Tyler, Texas ruled that the patent was invalid. The decision negated both any attempts at claiming damages and also negated three future trials. The rejection came in part after testimony from the spiritual creator of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, as well as individual creators whose work predated that of Eolas owner Michael Doyle.
A Texas court is finally ready to hear arguments in a high-profile patent lawsuit that names tech giants Google, Amazon and Yahoo among a list of defendants. The companies are attempting to defend themselves against a suit filed by a patent holding company, Eolas Technologies, that accuses the group of violating several patents related to "interactive web" technology.