June 16, 2011
TYLER, Texas -- Internet technology provider Eolas Technologies Inc. has reached a licensing agreement with Dallas-based Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE: TXN) covering two Eolas patents that enable Internet browsers to host embedded interactive applications.
The agreement resolves Eolas’ legal claims against Texas Instruments in Eolas Technologies Inc. v. Adobe Systems Inc., et al., No. 6:09-cv-446. Eolas previously reached licensing agreements with Chicago, Ill.-based Playboy Enterprises International Inc. (NYSE: PLA); Boulder, Colo.-based New Frontier Media (NASDAQ: NOOF); Redwood City, Calif.-based Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL), as successor to defendant Sun Microsystems; New York-based JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM); and Newton, Mass.-based Argosy Publishing Inc.
Eolas conducts leading-edge research and development to create innovative technologies in data analysis, visualization, collaboration and networking. For nearly 20 years, Eolas' innovations have enabled corporations around the world to enhance their products and improve their customers' website experiences. Eolas Chairman Dr. Michael Doyle previously served as Director for the Center for Knowledge Management at the University of California-San Francisco. Dr. Doyle led a university research team that developed the technologies for both patents. He currently is leading the effort to establish a Chicago affiliate of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, including a planned opening in 2015.
The agreement with Texas Instruments resolves legal claims related to two Eolas patents, U.S. Patent No. 5,838,906 ('906 Patent) and U.S. Patent No. 7,599,985 ('985 Patent).
The '906 Patent embodies technology that enabled web browsers for the first time to act as platforms for fully interactive embedded applications. This advanced browser technology provides rich interactive online experiences for more than a billion web users worldwide. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the '906 Patent in November 1998.
The '906 Patent was the subject of prior litigation against Microsoft Corp. that resulted in a 2004 federal judgment of more than $565 million in favor of Eolas. The USPTO has affirmed the validity of the '906 Patent in three separate proceedings, including two patent reexaminations, the most recent of which concluded in February 2009.
Companies still named as defendants in the lawsuit include San Jose, Calif.-based Adobe Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: ADBE); Seattle-based Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN); Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL); Vernon Hills, Ill.-based CDW Corp.; New York-based Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C); San Jose, Calif.-based eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY); Plano, Texas-based Frito-Lay Inc. [a subsidiary of Purchase, New York-based PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP)]; Scottsdale, Ariz.-based The Go Daddy Group Inc. (NASDAQ: DADY); Mountain View, Calif.-based Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG); Plano, Texas-based J.C. Penney Co. Inc. (NYSE: JCP); Delray Beach, FL-based Office Depot Inc. (NYSE: ODP); Plano, Texas-based Rent-A-Center Inc. (NASDAQ: RCII); Framingham, Mass.-based Staples Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS); Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO); and San Bruno, Calif.-based YouTube LLC, a subsidiary of Google Inc.