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Xerox Corporation on Friday filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Google, Yahoo, and YouTube over disputed Internet search and e-commerce technology.
The document management company alleges that Google has infringed upon its patent "System for automatically generating queries" with its AdWords and AdSense software.
It also claims that Google Maps and Google video violate a different patent, "Method and apparatus for the integration of information and knowledge," which has to do with updating Web pages based on user reviews.
Yahoo, Xerox claims, has infringed on its query patent with Yahoo Search Marketing, Yahoo Publisher Network and Y!Q Contextual Search. And the company further claims that Yahoo Shopping steps on its integration patent.
"These claims are entirely without merit, and we'll vigorously defend ourselves against them." - Google
I find it hard to believe this is something that Xerox just became aware of
[edited by: Demaestro at 7:23 pm (utc) on Feb 23, 2010]
The first successful commercial GUI product was the Apple Macintosh, which was heavily inspired by PARC's work; Xerox was allowed to buy pre-IPO stock from Apple in exchange for engineer visits and an understanding that Apple would create a GUI product. Much later, in the midst of the Apple v. Microsoft lawsuit in which Apple accused Microsoft of violating its copyright by appropriating the use of the "look and feel" of the Macintosh GUI, Xerox also sued Apple on the same grounds. The lawsuit was dismissed because Xerox had waited too long to file suit, and the statute of limitations had expired
As Vice President Gore promoted building the Internet both up and out, as well as releasing the Internet from the control of the government agencies
that spawned it. He served as the major administration proponent for continued investment in advanced computing and networking and private sector initiatives such as Net Day.
it's an actual invention
xerox ... isn't that a printer company?! ;-)
Advancements benefit society. I am not against patents, but it should be like anything else. If you don't use it, you lose it.