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Dell, Office Depot sued over alleged infringement, Inquirer Staff, The Inquirer, August 31, 2005
Abstract: Internet Media Corporation is suing Dell, Office Depot, JC Penney, Williams-Sonoma and J. Crew Group over an alleged breach of US patent 6,049,835, which purportedly describes a system for providing easy access to the Web using a published list of pre-selected Internet locations together with unique multidigit jump codes. Internet Media claims each of the defendants infringes its patent by providing catalogues and print adverts some or all of which include a code, which when entered into a box on a particular page, allows users to quickly access desired URLs.

Acacia sues Intel, TI for patent infringement, Computer Business Review Online, April 20, 2005
Abstract: Intellectual property firm, Acacia Research, said yesterday its subsidiary Microprocessor Enhancement filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Intel and Texas Instruments in a California court.

Court upholds part of patent judgment against eBay, Silliconvalley.com, March 16, 2005
Abstract: In a decision that could force eBay Inc. to change some of its auction formats, a court ruled Wednesday that the e-commerce powerhouse infringed on a patent owned by a struggling small business in Virginia. According to the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, eBay's fixed-price auctions and some of its online payment methods violate a patent obtained by Great Falls, Va.-based MercExchange Inc., which sued eBay in September 2001.

Acacia purchase creates Net patent powerhouse, John Borland, CNet News.com, December 16, 2004
Abstract: In the streaming media business, a letter from Acacia Research usually means one thing: the threat of a patent lawsuit. Now, the little-known but litigious company is expanding its horizons with a move that promises to substantially increase its profit potential while bringing new patent headaches to the high-tech industry at large. On Thursday, the company agreed to buy Global Patent Holdings, an umbrella company whose various divisions, including TechSearch, have sued or struck patent licenses with Intel, Sony, Samsung and a myriad of smaller technology companies. The deal would create a patent powerhouse which would own small pieces of dozens of different technologies, many of which are fundamental components of everyday Internet and personal technology businesses. The company said more acquisitions are likely.

Web services patents fetch $15.5 million, Alorie Gilbert, CNet News.com, December 06, 2004
Abstract: A mysterious bidder paid $15.5 million Monday in a bankruptcy court auction of dozens of Internet-related patents--and then rushed out of the courtroom. On the United States Bankruptcy Court auction block were 39 patents owned by Commerce One, a bankrupt software company in Santa Clara, Calif., that's in the process of shutting down and liquidating its assets. The patents cover a set of key technical protocols known as Web services, a popular method for exchanging business documents over the Internet. The protocols are in wide use today; Microsoft, IBM and other software companies both large and small have incorporated them into their programs.

Kodak Wins Java Suit, Ben Rand, Democrat & Chronicle, October 02, 2004
Abstract: Eastman Kodak Co. will return to U.S. District Court next week to seek $1 billion in damages from Sun Microsystems Inc. now that a federal jury has ruled in its favor in a dispute over the Java computer language. The jury decided in Rochester on Friday that Sun infringed on technology belonging to Kodak when it developed and introduced Java more than a decade ago. The computer language is now used heavily by software developers, on the Internet and in computer schools.

Sex.com CEO joins fight against Acacia, John Borland, CNet News.com, October 20, 2004
Abstract: Adult Web sites involved in a patent dispute with Acacia Research have gotten a boost from the owner of Sex.com, an aficionado of long-shot court battles. Sex.com CEO Gary Kremen, who spent much of the last decade winning back his domain name from cybersquatters and then seeking damages for his loss, said he had donated $10,000 to a defense fund set up to help adult-media companies fend off legal challenges from Acacia, which claims to own the patent rights to any process that streams on-demand video over the Internet, cable TV and even satellite networks.

Patent owner stakes claim in Net ad suit, Stefanie Olsen, CNet News, January 04, 2004
Abstract: Just as the online advertising market seems back on track, a patent enforcer with broad rights to Web ad methods wants a cut of the profits. InternetAd Systems, a recently formed company that aims to commercialize its patent rights, said this week that it plans to seek royalties from various Web sites that use popular online ad formats, including some types of pop-up and pop-under ads.

Patent piracy or Goliath's comeuppance?, Bob Sullivan, MSNBC.com, April 30, 2004
Abstract: There's a long line of celebrated cases involving Web sites deploying commonly-used Internet technologies in patent lingo, business methods that are suddenly challenged by a patent holder who seemingly emerges from nowhere. Often, the plaintiff is a small intellectual property firm with big plans to cash in. And increasingly, small companies with no legal budget are being targeted because they are the least likely to mount a challenge.

Porn Sites Fight for Right to Stream, Rick Karr, NPR, February 06, 2004
Abstract: A federal court in California hears a patent-infringement case that pits online pornographers against Acacia, a high-tech firm that claims to own the patent to streaming media technology. Acacia sued porn sites, as well as nonprofits and small Web casters, for patent infringement. The pornographers sued back, claiming the future of all online media is at stake.

Judge rules Microsoft infringed Eolas patent, John Borland, CNet News.com, January 14, 2004
Abstract: A Chicago federal judge on Wednesday upheld a $512 million patent verdict against Microsoft that could ultimately force major changes in many of the most common Internet software products. Judge James Zagel said he saw no reason to overturn an August jury verdict that said Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browsing software had infringed on patent rights held jointly by small developer Eolas Technologies and the University of California.

Microsoft wins HTML application patent, Paul Festa, News.com, December 10, 2003
Abstract: Microsoft on Tuesday won a patent for launching a certain kind of HTML application within Windows. The patent, "Method and apparatus for writing a Windows application in HTML" (Hypertext Markup Language), describes Microsoft's way of opening up HTML applications in a window free of navigation and other interface elements, known as "chrome," and browser security restrictions.

Web Group Backs Microsoft in Patent Suit, Steve Lohr, NYTimes.com, October 29, 2003
Abstract: A leading Internet standards-setting organization took the unusual step yesterday of urging the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to invalidate a software patent that the group says threatens the development of the World Wide Web.

Microsoft sued over music downloads, John Borland, CNET News.com, October 13, 2003
Abstract: A small New York company has sued Microsoft, charging that the software giant's new music download service in Europe infringes on a patent it owns nearly 20 years old.

EU patent plan gets thumbs up, Mathew Boersma, CNET News.com, September 24, 2003
Abstract: The European Parliament voted to approve highly controversial legislation that governs patents for computer-related inventions--but some amendments appear to be a victory for critics of the original proposal.

Ad firm 24/7 pushing for patent power, Stephanie Olsen, News.com, August 14, 2003
Abstract: 24/7 Real Media was granted a patent Thursday for a method of delivering digital advertisements, giving it new authority over the online ad-serving market. The New York-based interactive-ad company already holds a patent, awarded July 29, for a method of serving digital ads aimed at specific audiences. The new patent extends that coverage to include a way of serving sequenced advertisements via the Internet, interactive TV or wireless devices. As their name suggests, sequenced ads are made up of separate components that appear one after the other, like a storyboard.

Patent suit hits Real, Listen.com, Sandeep Junnarkar, News.com, July 01, 2003
Abstract: Friskit, a company that licenses streaming media technology to other companies, announced Tuesday that it is seeking an injunction against RealNetworks and Listen.com for infringing on its patents.

Can Netflix Patent Stymie Rivals?, Wired News, June 25, 2003
Abstract: Netflix says it has received a patent that covers its online subscription-based DVD rental service and could be the basis for action against rivals in the growing market.

Netflix Says Granted Patent on DVD Rental Service, By Ben Klayman, Reuters, June 24, 2003
Abstract: Netflix Inc. said on Tuesday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office issued the company a patent that covers its online subscription-based DVD rental service and could be the basis for action against rivals in the growing market.

EBay's Patent Pounding, Cynthia L. Webb, Washington Post, May 28, 2003
Abstract: An electrical engineer from Northern Virginia has 35 million reasons to be happy this morning. Yesterday, a jury in Norfolk, Va., found that online auction giant eBay had infringed on his patents, ordering the company to pay up $35 million to make amends.

Virginia jury rules against Ebay in patent case, Andrea Orr, Reuters, May 27, 2003
Abstract: A Virginia jury on Tuesday ordered Ebay Inc. to pay $35 million for infringing on patented technology developed by a former CIA engineer that covers the way people make online bids backed by credit cards.

Jury turns down internet patent claims, Grant Gross, Computerworld, March 12, 2003
Abstract: A jury has struck down four patent-infringement claims against two internet security companies, and a judge threw out a fifth, in a Delaware trial in which a retired electronics engineer claimed to have invented a popular method for processing secure transactions over the internet.

Amazon awarded patent for retail chat, Dawn Kawamoto, ZD Net, February 27, 2003
Abstract: Amazon.com has received a patent for an online retailing chat technology, marking the company's latest push to appeal to more consumers by adding customer-centric features. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded the patent, which protects Amazon's technology that lets customers join in on discussions and share information regarding an item for sale on the site. The technology is not yet a part of the Amazon site. A company spokesman would not comment on whether the company was considering implementing it anytime soon.

Who Holds the Patent on Internet Transactions?, Grant Gross, Technology- PC World, February 27, 2003
Abstract: A retired electronics engineer from Florida claims to have invented the way in which secure transactions are processed on the Internet, and opening arguments were heard Wednesday in his lawsuit asking for license fees from two technology companies.

E-Commerce Battles 'Me'-Commerce, David Streitfeld, Los Angeles Times (free reg.), February 08, 2003
Abstract: A lone patent holder asserts vast rights over shopping on the Web. Others call it extortion. It took seven years and tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, but Lawrence Lockwood was finally awarded U.S. Patent No. 6,289,319 in September 2001.

Divine Intervention, Mark Del Franco, Catalog Age Magazine, catalogmag.com, January 01, 2003
Abstract: Can a company patent Web commerce? Some marketers are accusing Chicago-based software and services provider Divine of trying to do just that. But Divine contends that by charging numerous marketers with patent infringement, it is merely trying to protect its proprietary suite of patents.

New Foe for Webcasters in Royalty Fight, Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, February 07, 2003
Abstract: Michael Roe, operator of the Internet radio outlet Radioio, spent the better part of 2002 enmeshed in a bruising battle with royalty-seeking record labels that threatened to turn his station's surging popularity into a fatal liability.

E-Commerce Patent Threat, Jon Van, Chicago Tribune, January 13, 2003
Abstract: Offering to sell stuff over the Internet is not a crime, but it can get you sued ....Pangia is part of what patent experts say is a growing trend in which small firms latch onto very broad patents and then threaten to sue businesses using the Internet for commerce.

SBC enforcing all-encompassing Web patent, ComputerWire, The Register, January 23, 2003
Abstract: SBC Communications Inc is enforcing a patent it owns that, it claims, covers the use of frame-like user interfaces in web sites ....If your web site uses a frames or a persistent user interface, then you could be in infringement.

Madness In Methods? An Eye On The U.S. Patent Office, John Soat, Information Week, December 16, 2002
Abstract: Conventional wisdom goes like this: The dot-com boom produced a raft of new ideas for doing business, many of which their developers rushed to patent. An appeals court ruling in 1998 opened the door for so-called business-method patents, which apply to processes rather than formulas or machines. And an overworked and under-educated U.S. Patent & Trademark Office rushed through thousands of patents for business processes related to the Internet that are simplistic, at best.

Patenting The Process, John Soat, Information Week, December 16, 2002
Abstract: Who owns the methods of E-commerce? Many companies say they do and that they have the patents to prove it.

Grocery Shopping Website, started circa 1990, peapod.com
Abstract: Early e-commerce site

Marc Rousso Links, marc-rousso.com
Abstract: Links to articles that discuss the successes of Marc Rousso, including the formation of the first recognized ecommerce company.

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