Tyler-based Eolas Technologies Inc. and The Regents of the University of California certainly haven’t been shy as of late about taking on big-time companies in patent-infringement suits in the Eastern District of Texas.
On Sept. 12, the co-plaintiffs filed three separate infringement suits against several defendants, most notably Facebook. All of the suits allege that the defendants infringe patents involving a “distributed hypermedia method.”
Mike McKool and Douglas Cawley, partners in Dallas’ McKool Smith who represent the plaintiffs, did not immediately return a call for comment. A spokesperson for Facebook also did not immediately return an e-mailed request for comment.
Earlier this year, a similar infringement suit Eolas filed against numerous defendants including Yahoo! and Amazon in the Eastern District didn’t work out so well for the plaintiff. On Feb 9. after a few hours of deliberation, an Eastern District jury found for the defendants in Eolas Technologies Inc. v. Adobe Systems Inc., et al. Eastern District Chief Judge Leonard Davis signed a take-nothing judgment for the defendants in that case on Feb. 13 — a judgment the plaintiffs since have appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
-- John Council