New Scientist: BT in court to enforce hyperlink patent
Feb 11, 2002, 23:52 (44 Talkback[s])
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"BT Group PLC will appear in a New York federal court
on Monday to try to enforce a patent it says covers all
hyperlinking. BT claims it invented the hyperlink in 1976, and
anyone who uses the World Wide Web owes them money.
If upheld, the patent would give BT the right to collect
royalties from any Internet Service Provider.
BT sued Prodigy Communications after the ISP refused to purchase
a license for the right to use hyperlinks, the clickable links that
connect one web page to another. If Prodigy loses the case, other
ISPs would also be charged royalties."
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- Linux Journal: Recapping Parliamentary Meeting on Patents in the Netherlands
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- ZDNet UK: AltaVista in search patent threat; prepared to sue "everybody who indexes the web?"(Jan 25, 2001)
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- SF Gate: Tipping the Playing Field On The Internet, Patents Have The Weight Of Gold(Jan 04, 2001)
- NewsForge: Petition: Stop BT's hyperlink patent claim(Dec 19, 2000)
- Linux Journal: Open Letter to Mr. Charles J. Roesslein, CEO, Prodigy, re BT Hyperlink Suit(Dec 16, 2000)
- The Register: BT Launches US Hyperlinks Action; Prodigy Responds(Dec 15, 2000)