India based emerging tech company, named Kootol Software has dragged over thirty companies into the court including the heavyweights like Microsoft Corp., Apple, IBM, Facebook and Google, for allegedly violating technology covered by one of its patent applications.
The list of the targeted companies, as of now, consists of Foursquare, Google, IBM, Amazon, AOL, Bharti Airtel, ExactTarget, Facebook, Ford Motor, The Iconfactory, Apple, Bebo, LinkedIn, Microsoft, MySpace, Research In Motion, Quora, Salesforce, Seesmic, Siemens, Sina.com, StatusNet, TwitPic, Twitter, Ubermedia, Ning, Nokia, Peek, PopBox, Webaroo Technology, Yahoo, and Yammer.
“Kootol Software Ltd. has announced that it has sent a notice to the several companies to bring to their attention about the core technology they are using for their different service and products, for which company has exclusive patent license rights,” the company stated in a press release (opens in new tab).
“Patent application filed in USA having application number 11/995343, covers core messaging, publication and real time searching technology and effect whole products & services,” it added.
According to many analysts, Kootol is not yet in a position to claim an exclusive right over the disputed technologies, as the patent application it had referred to in the complaint has not been granted yet.