Playboy Licenses 2 Web Browser Patents; Suit Is Dropped

TYLER, Texas — Eulos Technologies said Tuesday that it dropped Playboy Enterprises from a patent suit after the adult entertainment giant licensed two of their patents.

The announcement, made Tuesday, was the second in a week made by Eulos Technology over a settlement and licensing deal with an adult company.

The Tyler, Texas, patent holding company last week announced it struck a deal with Boulder, Colo.-based New Frontier Media.

In October 2009, Eulos waged a patent infringement against New Frontier and Playboy Enterprises, as well as 20 mainstream companies.

Eulos claimed 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,  Blockbuster, CDW, Citigroup, eBay, Frito-Lay, Go Daddy, Google, J.C. Penney, Office Depot, Perot Systems, Rent-a-Center, Staples, Texas Instruments and Yahoo.

Companies named in the original suit that have settled with Eolas include New Frontier, Playboy, JPMorgan Chase, Sun Microsystems and Argosy Publishing.