Feeds

Mistrial in Overture ad patent dispute

Collapse

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

A patent infringement dispute between Overture Services, a subsidiary of Yahoo!, and rival FindWhat.com has ended in a mistrial after a California jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case over a method of ranking search results.

The dispute dates back to January 2002 when Pasadena-based Overture, formerly known as GoTo, filed a lawsuit alleging that FindWhat.com had infringed a patent relating to a “system and method for influencing a position on a search result list generated by a computer network search engine.”

The trial has now collapsed.

"We continue to believe that FindWhat.com has never infringed any valid and enforceable claim of the '361 patent," said Craig Pisaris-Henderson, FindWhat.com's chairman and CEO.

According to FindWhat.com, the judge has yet to rule on the issue of whether the patent is unenforceable because of alleged inequitable conduct by Overture. A hearing on this and other issues is scheduled for 24th June.

Overture filed a similar action against Google in April 2002. That case settled shortly before Google’s floatation last year with the announcement that Google would get a licence to several patents relating to paid placements in search results. In return, Google agreed to give 2.7 million shares to Yahoo!

Copyright © 2005, OUT-LAW.com

OUT-LAW.COM is part of international law firm Pinsent Masons.

Related stories

Google! Licenses! Yahoo's! Secret! Sauce!
Google and Yahoo! accused of click fraud collusion
Yahoo! does a Google
Yahoo! rebrands! Overture!
FindWhat.com profits jump in Q3

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
Vendors just don't care, says researcher, after finding basic boo-boos in security software
'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece
Leaking sprinklers, overheated thermostats and picked locks all online
iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers
Only '3% of web servers in top corps' fully fixed after Heartbleed snafu
Just slapping a patched OpenSSL on a machine ain't going to cut it, we're told
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers
Corporate raiders Comment Crew fingered for attacks
Tor attack nodes RIPPED MASKS off users for 6 MONTHS
Traffic confirmation attack bared users' privates - but to whom?
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.