Eolas sues Adobe, Amazon, Apple and others over patent violation

Eolas Technologies won a $565 million patent-case judgment before settling with Microsoft in 2007 has filed suit against 22 more companies, alleging they also violated the same patent on technology that allows Web sites browsers to include embedded media and applications. In its complaint (PDF), Eolas named as offenders Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Argosy Publishing, Blockbuster, CDW, Citigroup, […]

Eolas Technologies won a $565 million patent-case judgment before settling with Microsoft in 2007 has filed suit against 22 more companies, alleging they also violated the same patent on technology that allows Web sites browsers to include embedded media and applications. In its complaint (PDF), Eolas named as offenders Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Argosy Publishing, Blockbuster, CDW, Citigroup, eBay, Frito-Lay, Go Daddy, Google (including YouTube), J.C. Penney, JPMorgan Chase, New Frontier Media – shall I keep going? – Office Depot, Perot Systems, Playboy Enterprises, Rent-a-Center, Staples, Sun Microsystems, Texas Instruments and Yahoo. The '906 patent covers the ability of Web browsers to act as platforms for interactive embedded applications. The new patent, No. 7,599,985, expands on the '906 patent, covering Web sites' use of plug-ins and AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) to embed applications, according to the Eolas announcement, noted.