Eolas Technologies has announced a new patent infringement suit, the defendants of which reads like a Who's Who list of big tech and consumer brands. Eolas is the company that filed a patent infringement suit and ultimately prevailed over Microsoft for the latter's inclusion of plug-in capability into Internet Explorer. In today's lawsuit, Eolas says that Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Google, Sun, eBay and many others (complete list below) are infringing on a patent awarded just this month (that didn't take long!).The press release just crossed my desk from Mike Androvett, public relations counsel to the law firm McKool Smith who represents Eolas and names the following companies as defendants (in alpha order):
Adobe Amazon Apple Argosy Publishing Blockbuster CDW Corp. CitiGroup eBay Frito-Lay Inc. The GoDaddy Group, Inc. Google (including YouTube) J.C. Penney Co., Inc. JP Morgan Chase & Co. New Frontier Media, Inc. Office Depot Inc. Perot Systems Corp. Playboy Enterprises International Rent-A-Center Inc. Staples, Inc. Sun Microsystems, Inc. Texas Instruments, Inc. Yahoo, Inc.
There's not much information beyond the press release so I'm going to regurgitate it for you here (UPDATE: InformationWeek's Paul McDougall has now published a news report providing additional detail):
Eolas Technologies Files Infringement Lawsuit
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