Google Sued for Hyperlink Patent Infringement
Google is being sued by a software company for allegedly infringing on a patent for enhanced hyperlinks, Google Watch has learned.
iLor, LLC, a Kentucky-based software company, filed suit against Google on Tuesday, arguing the search company was infringing on a patent titled, "method for adding a user selectable function to a hyperlink."
iLor is seeking unspecified damages. The patent in question, #7,206,839, was issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on April 17, the same date the lawsuit was filed.
The patent description reads:
An enhanced hyperlink and method for providing an enhanced hyperlinked are provided. This invention permits the user to interact with a hyperlink in a variety of ways without necessarily having to open and/or follow the hyperlink. This is accomplished by detecting the presence of a cursor near a hyperlink. When the cursor has remained near the hyperlink for a predetermined time period, a toolbar is displayed containing one or more link enhancements that the user may select. In response to the users' selection of a particular link enhancement, then that link enhancement function would be performed without requiring the [sic] any further action. Examples of link enhancement include, but are not limited to, opening the selected link in a new window; opening the selected link in a new window with that window minimized; creating a clickable graphic/text string, and/or icon that would enable the user to return to the selected link at a later time; or anchor the current page by creating an icon or other clickable item that would return the user to the current page; or view off-line which would, in the background download the files associated with the selected link to a memory device for viewing later off-line.
Representatives for Google were not immediately available for comment. iLor has no prior history of federal litigation in Kentucky.