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University of California sues Facebook, Wal-mart over patents

Published on Sep 13, 2012 9:34 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - A University of California patent licensee which has sued some of the biggest United States (US) companies is taking on three more - Facebook, Wal-Mart Stores and the Walt Disney Company.

Eolas Technologies and the Regents of the University of California filed lawsuits on Wednesday over four patents they believe the companies are infringing.

The patents for interactive technology, including hypermedia display and interaction, were issued to the university and licensed to Eolas, a Texas company chaired by Mr Michael Doyle.

The company was founded to help the University of California commercialise patent technology, its website says, including patents Doyle and his team helped develop while he worked at the University of California, San Francisco.

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