Company Files Lawsuit Against Walt Disney Company and Others
Eolas Technologies and the Regents of the University of California filed lawsuits last week against the Walt Disney Company, Facebook and Wal-Mart over four patents they believe the companies are infringing. The four patents that are allegedly being violated are for interactive technology, including hypermedia display and interaction. These patents were issued to the university and licensed to Texas-based Eolas, Reuters said.
According to its website, Eolas was originally founded to assist the university in commercializing a patent, then continued to work with UC to develop several other technologies. Eolas is no stranger to suing large companies including the likes of Microsoft, Google, Apple and others. Two of the patents cited in the latest lawsuits were declared invalid in February by a Texas jury in a separate lawsuit. The process by which Eolas could launch new lawsuits concerning those same patents was unclear.
The patents for interactive technology, including hypermedia display and interaction, were issued to the university and licensed to Eolas, a Texas company chaired by Michael Doyle.
A University of California spokesman said it considered the patents public assets and “should be paid a fair value when a third-party exploits that university asset for profit.”
A Facebook spokesman said the company believed the lawsuit was without merit. “We will fight it vigorously,” he said. A Wal-Mart spokesman said the world’s largest retailer respects the intellectual property rights of others. “We take these allegations seriously and are looking into the matter.” Disney and Eolas did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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