A Texas-based company has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft and Adobe for allegedly infringing on two patents for technologies that display content in a web browser.
Aloft Media holds patents for two technologies called "Network Browser Graphical User Interface for Managing Web Content" and "Network Browser Window with Adjacent Identifier Selector," US Patents 7,117,443 and 7,194,691, respectively. Both patents are for technologies related to the interface that displays URLs in a browser.
In its court filing in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, Aloft alleges that Microsoft infringes upon both patents in Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Vista, and Adobe infringes on them in Acrobat Standard, Acrobat Professional and Acrobat 3D. Aloft is a little-known startup that develops digital media.
According to the US Patent and Trade Office, Aloft filed both patents in October 2003. The '443 patent was granted on 3 October, 2006, and the '691 patent was granted 20 March, 2007.
Aloft is seeking a jury trial and wants an injunction granted against the companies, damages and attorney fees from the court.
Adobe said through its public relations firm that it does not comment on pending litigation. Microsoft said through its public relations firm that it has not yet been served, so has no comment.