Eolas Discussing Browser Patent With Linux Community
Eolas' founder on Wednesday said he is talking with open-source players to resolve issues with its Web browser patent the basis of the company's case against Microsoft.Eolas Technologies Inc. is talking with members of the Linux and open-source community about the use of its Web browser patent, which is at the heart of its high-profile infringement case against Microsoft Corp., the companys founder said on Wednesday. "Were in discussions with major players in the Linux world and are working on a plan to resolve the 906 patent issue with the entire Linux community," Eolas Founder Michael Doyle told eWEEK.com, referring in short hand to the patents full number. "The solution will be supportive of the open-source community." Doyle declined to provide further details about the companies or individuals involved in the discussions or what exactly would be covered in any agreement or partnership with Linux players. But if all goes well, he said, an announcement could come within the next month or two.
Doyle, in past interviews with eWEEK.com, has said that he is pursuing licensing agreements for the use of the technology behind the patent. The patent, for which Chicago-based Eolas holds a license from the University of California, covers a method for embedding and invoking interactive applications such as applets and plug-ins from a Web browser.