[unrev-II] BT sues Prodigy over hyperlink patent

From: Jack Park (jackpark@verticalnet.com)
Date: Fri Dec 15 2000 - 10:52:02 PST

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    "Specifically, BT says that it has what it calls the Hidden Page patent,
    which was filed in the U.S. in 1976 and granted in 1989, giving the company
    the intellectual property rights to the hyperlink technology, BT spokesman
    Simon Gordon told the IDG News Service in an interview in June. Hyperlinks
    connect text, images, and other data on the Internet in such a way as to
    allow a user to click on a highlighted object on a Web page in order to
    bring up an associated item contained elsewhere on the Web."
    and on /.
    "When the first sentence of the article, which concerns potential patent
    infringement, ends in the statement "has sued U.S.-based Prodigy
    Communications Corp. for copyright infringement", one can only wonder about
    the accuracy of the entire article. I suspect they would be suing for patent
    infringement, not copyright infringement."

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