A lawsuit filed last week by software company Droplets takes aim at Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and YouTube for infringing on its patented Web technology.
Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, the Droplets suit alleges that the group of tech giants infringe on one or more of two patents it holds "for developing and delivering highly functional and scalable applications over the Internet." The company seeks damages as well as future royalties on the use of those patents.
The two patents in question are United States Patent No. 6,687,745, titled "System and method for delivering a graphical user interface of remote applications over a thin bandwidth connection," and No. 7,502,838, titled "System and method for delivering remotely stored applications and information." The No. 6,687,745 patent was granted in February 2004 with the No. 7,502,838 patent following in March 2009.
In its suit, Droplets specifically points to the defendants as infringing with their "Web applications and software" as well as the computers that store and serve those pages. Included by name are the front pages of Yahoo, Amazon, and Apple's Web sites, along with Apple's movie trailer page, and Yahoo's Mail and Maps properties.
One of the aforementioned patents was the focus of a 2006 lawsuit against Adobe that accused the company of infringing on the No. 6,687,745 patent with its Flex product, which Adobe got through its acquisition of Macromedia. The two companies settled in 2008 for an undisclosed sum.