Feeds

AOL obtains IM patent

Keeping mum

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

AOL is keeping mum over news that it has acquired the patent for instant messaging (IM). News of its success broke yesterday even though the patent, number 6,449,344, was granted in September.

A spokesman for AOL said the company holds more than 100 patents and no decision has yet been made about what to do with its latest patent. Neither is AOL prepared to say when it might be in a position to make a decision about its IM patent.

However, there's already speculation that AOL could try to obtain revenue by licensing the technology to other IM operators such as Microsoft and Yahoo!.

Failure to cough up could lead to legal action if AOL pursued its claim. Of course, all that is just speculation since, as AOL maintains, it's yet to make a decision on the matter.

Indeed, AOL isn't the only outfit keeping silent, as Microsoft also declined to comment on the news. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity
What really shortens lives? Reading this sort of crap in the papers
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators
Democrats needed just TWO more votes to keep alive bill reining in some surveillance
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?