Amazon and Google are among a number of companies that won a crucial web patent verdict against Eolas Technologies this week. Eolas originally filed a lawsuit in 2009 against 22 firms, some of which settled before a trial, on the basis that the companies had allegedly violated two patents owned by Eolas. Patents 5,838,906 and 7,599,985 were invalidated this week by a federal jury in Texas that called upon "father of the web" Tim Berners-Lee to testify in the case.
Eolas' loss this week could be appealed by the company, but for now it will not be able to file new lawsuits against other firms on the same basis. Yahoo, one of the companies involved in the trial, said it was pleased with the outcome, and Google said the verdict "affirms our assertion that the claims are without merit." Tim Berners-Lee reacted to the news on Twitter, saying it was a "good thing" that patent 5,838,906 was deemed invalid.