"Eolas, like other patent trolls, has taken an obvious
idea, somehow managed to con the U.S. PTO (Patent and Trademark
Office) into giving it a patent, and is now suing Adobe Systems,
Google, Yahoo, Apple, eBay and Amazon.com. Oh, and it's also suing
Blockbuster, Frito-Lay, Office Depot, Sun, Playboy. (Playboy!?) and
10 other companies.
"Eolas claims that these companies have all violated its U.S.
Patent No. 5,838,906 ('906 patent) and U.S. Patent No. 7,599,985
('985 patent). And, as these patents are written, they have all
"It would be hard not to. You see, the '906 patent broadly
covers any mechanism that can be used to embed an object within a