University of California Files Lawsuit Against Facebook, Disney, and Wal-Mart Over Patents

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The Regents of the University of California and their patent licensee Eolas Technologies has filed lawsuits against Facebook, Disney, and Wal-Mart over 4 technology patents that they believe the companies are infringing.  The four patents used in the lawsuit are listed below:

– 7,599,985: “Distributed hypermedia method and system for automatically invoking external application providing interaction and display of embedded objects within a hypermedia document”

– 5,838,906: “Distributed hypermedia method for automatically invoking external application providing interaction and display of embedded objects within a hypermedia document”

– 8,082,293: “Distributed hypermedia method and system for automatically invoking external application providing interaction and display of embedded objects within a hypermedia document”

– 8,086,662: “Distributed hypermedia method and system for automatically invoking external application providing interaction and display of embedded objects within a hypermedia document”

Eolas Technologies was created specifically to help the University of California monetize their patents.  Eolas won a federal judgment of over $565 million over Microsoft in 2004, but the parties settled the legal dispute in 2007.  Two of the patents cited in the new lawsuits were declared invalid in February 2012 by a Texas jury in a separate lawsuit that was filed against Google, Apple, Yahoo!, and Amazon.

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This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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