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From: Nicolas Popp (
Date: Tue Mar 14 2000 - 17:53:14 PST

The already have...


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Netword's Patent Infringement Suit Tossed Out

(For related press coverage - click here)

Palo Alto, Calif., (January 11, 1999) - The U.S. district court for the
Eastern District of Virginia in a hearing on Friday, January 8, granted
summary judgment of non-infringement in favor of Centraal Corporation on
Netword LLC's U.S. Patent No. 5,764,906. Netword had filed a patent
infringement suit against Centraal in July, 1998 alleging that Centraal's
RealNames Navigation System and its RealNames Enabler browser extension
infringed the claims of Netword's patent. The Court granted Centraal's
motion for summary judgment of non-infringement finding that the RealNames
System and the RealNames Enabler browser extension did not infringe any of
the claims of Netword's patent.

"We are pleased by the fact that Judge Brinkema properly interpreted the
claims of Netword's patent and understood that Centraal's RealNames system,
including the Enabler browser extension, operated in a fundamentally
different way than the system claimed in Netword's patent," said Todd Noah
of Dergosits & Noah LLP in San Francisco who argued Centraal's motion for
summary judgment.

-----Original Message-----
From: Gregory Alan Bolcer []
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2000 1:45 PM
To: FoRK
Subject: URNs

MS decides to go with RealNames, grabs a 20% chunk[1]. Look out though,
Netword LLC, despite the orignal URN proposal being published in the
public domain in 1994, claims that they have a patent on the concept.[2][3]

It'll be interesting to see if Netword becomes interested in enforcing its
patent now that RealNames has the deep pockets of MSFT, the company everyone
loves to beat the crap out of. I have no doubt this is where it's heading.


              Last updated: TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2000, 8:30 AM

              MS, RealNames to eliminate URL, AOL keywords[3]
              from user experience: Microsoft Chief Executive Officer
              Steve Ballmer will today announce that the company has
              acquired a 20 percent stake in software developer
              RealNames. RealNames markets technology similar to
              AOL's proprietary, closed keyword system that substitutes
              short "keywords" for formal "www" addresses on browsers,
              aiding users in their quest to move directly to sections of
              corporate Web pages by entering the names of specific
              products -- "Windows 2000" or "Steve Ballmer," for
              example. The announcement comes just a month after
              RealNames revealed that its customer database had been
              penetrated, and that user credit card numbers and passwords
              may have been accessed.


Greg Bolcer
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cell: 714.928.5476
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