Eolas–Beaten But Not Defeated

Few patent owners are more reviled by the tech community than Eolas, the company formed by Michael Doyle, inventor of US Patent 5,838,906. The patent–filed in 1994, and reexamined by the patent office not once, but twice–purportedly reads on technologies like web browsers, that parse and format “hypermedia” documents. Back in 2003, with attorneys from Robins Kaplan–one of the few majors willing to fight for inventors and small companies like Eolas–a Chicago jury agreed that Microsoft infringed the ’906 Patent, awarding $500 M in damages.