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Eolas Targets 23 Tech Giants In Wide Ranging Lawsuit

Eolas Technology has once again entered into a patent row and this time it is taking down a bunch of tech giants including the likes of Apple, Google and Sun Microsystems by claiming that they have infringed upon its interactive web patents.

Eolas claims that these companies have infringed on two of its patents, including the U.S. patent 5,838,906 906 which incidentally was brought up in an eight-year long legal battle with Microsoft on nearly similar grounds.

To some, it seems like a background being built to catch the bigger fish in the technology market; however, Eolas Attorney Mike Mckool is keen to mention that the present suit is a different case and points out that this time the companies have infringed a patent that has been ruled valid by the Patent Office on three separate occasions.

The company filed it case in the US District Court for Eastern District and it is hopeful of a favourable decision.

The patents which Eolas reportedly claimed to have been violated pertains to technology which allows web sites to add fully-interactive embedded applications to their online offerings through the use of plug-ins like Ajax (asynchronous JavaScript and XML) and other web development techniques.

Our Comments

Eolas may have hit the jackpot here. It apparently got a significant amount of money after a settlement between Microsoft and Eolas was found in 2007 although both parties did not disclosed the exact conditions. If Eolas successfully manages to coerce the likes of Google and Apple to cough out the money, the face of the Internet could change forever.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.