New Frontier Media Licenses 2 Browser Patents to Settle Suit

TYLER, Texas — New Frontier Media on Thursday revealed it has agreed to license two patents from a patent holding company that sued the adult entertainment company over browser capabilities when delivering porn.

As a result, Eulos Technologies has dropped claims against New Frontier over allegedly infringing on its patents.              

The suit, waged in October 2009 against New Frontier and Playboy Enterprises as well as 20 mainstream companies, said the businesses are infringing on U.S. Patent No. 5,838,906, which is described as the ability of web browsers to act as platforms for interactive embedded applications.

Its official U.S. Patent Office header reads as a “distributed hypermedia method for automatically invoking external application providing interaction and display of embedded objects within a hypermedia document.”

Eolas also said the companies infringe on U.S. Patent No. 7,599,985, which updates U.S. Patent No. 5,838,906 and covers plugins and AJAX to embed applications.

Other companies named as defendants to the complaint include Adobe, Amazon, Argosy Publishing, Blockbuster, CDW, Citigroup, eBay, Frito-Lay, Go Daddy, Google, J.C. Penney, Office Depot, Perot Systems, Rent-a-Center, Staples, Sun Microsystems, Texas Instruments and Yahoo.

Boulder, Colo.-based New Frontier and JPMorgan Chase are the only companies named in the suit to have settled with Eulos Techonologies.

New Frontier declined to discuss terms of the settlement to XBIZ.

Eolas Technologies, which holds numerous technology patents, previously won a $565 million patent-case judgment before settling with Microsoft in 2007 on the same patent.

The Tyler, Texas-based company said it developed the patents more than 15 years ago.