Microsoft sued over dynamic Web page technology

Patent-holding company Parallel Networks files suit over two patents

A patent-holding company has sued Microsoft for patent infringement for technology used in dynamic Web pages.

Parallel Networks filed suit late last week in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas over two patents, United States Patent Nos. 5,894,554 and 6,415,335 B1.

The company was granted the patents in 1999 and 2002, respectively, according to the court filing.

The patents cover systems and methods for managing dynamic Web-page generation requests. Parallel said it believes Microsoft is willfully infringing on them and is demanding a jury trial.

Parallel, in Tyler, Texas, was formed originally in the 1990s as InfoSpinner to provide software to make Web sites run faster.

The company eventually shut down, changed its name several times, and since 2002 has functioned primarily as a patent-holding company that files lawsuits based on its sizeable patent portfolio.

Other companies Parallel has sued for patent-infringement include Netflix, Amazon.com, Orbitz and Priceline.com.

A Microsoft spokesman said he was looking into the matter early Tuesday.

The Texas court where the case is filed is historically sympathetic to plaintiffs in patent-infringement cases.

A jury there last month ordered Microsoft to pay i4i US$200 million in another patent-infringement case.

The i4i ruling was the second to go against Microsoft for patent infringement in as many months.

In April Microsoft was ordered to pay $388 million to Uniloc, a company that makes antipiracy tools.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Microsoftlegallawsuits

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Elizabeth Montalbano

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?