IBM sued over Lotus Notes, Websphere
From the Inquirer: IBM sued over Lotus Notes, Websphere
A FIRM HAS SUED Big Blue for allegedly infringing patents it claims it owns which applies to products sold by IBM including Lotus Notes.
The first action was filed earlier this month by Information Technology Innovation (ITI) in the Eastern district of Texas, Marshall Division. The patent alleged to have been infringed is No. 5,892,908, a "method of extracting network information".
This claims to describe a method of extracting network information from an initial link address which then retrieves a file associated with the initial link address. The drawings associated with the patent, filed in 1996, include general block diagrams, such as figure four in the patent, shown below.
It amazes me that things we use every day that almost seem to be part of the landscape have patent holders who are just waiting to make the big score... Talk about a broken system...