[HTML1] TYLER, Texas -- The Eolas patent case, just submitted to a jury in the “rose capital” of Texas boils down to one question: “Who was first?”
The answer to that question will determine whether the rich, interactive web as we know it is owned by the world or whether that core technology is actually owned by an obscure company that will be able to extract royalties from a mind-bogglingly wide swath of the web.
Specifically, eight jurors in eastern Texas are now considering whether the first computer program that allowed access to an “interactive web” was created by the little-known Chicago biologist Michael Doyle, who runs a patent licensing company out of Chicago. Or was it one of the web pioneers put on the stand by the defendant companies — such as Pei-Yuan Wei and his Viola browser, or Dave Raggett and his tag?
(For background and further reading on the case and patents, see our stories:
“Patent Troll Claims Ownership of Interactive Web — And Might Win“ [http://bit.ly/xDqCsK])"
Tim Berners-Lee Takes the Stand to Keep the Web Free [http://bit.ly/xk7t1s]
Texas Jury Strikes Down Patent Troll’s Claim to Own the Interactive Web