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Old 03-03-2016, 11:51 PM   #1
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LXer: IBM sues Groupon over 1990s patents related to Prodigy


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Yesterday, Big Blue filed a lawsuit (PDF) against Groupon, saying the company has infringed four IBM patents, including patents 5,796,967 and 7,072,849. Each of those relates to the Prodigy service. IBM inventors working on Prodigy "developed novel methods for presenting applications and advertisements," and "the technological innovations embodied in these patents are fundamental to the efficient communication of Internet content," according to the company...The '567 patent describes a system that presents "interactive applications (such as home, local, goods, etc.) on a computer network," using a monitor, a "first partition" (a webpage), and a "second partition" with command functions (like a menu bar).

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