by Mike Masnick
Mon, Oct 12th 2009 6:52pm
Last week, we noted that Eolas had received a new patent, a continuation on its browser plug-in patent, and appears to be claiming that it applies to most forms of web embeds, and has sued a ton of big name companies. While most were big name websites (Google, Yahoo, eBay, etc) there were a few that were odd, including retailer J.C. Penney and IT services provider Perot Systems (in the process of being bought by Dell). Well, the ever resourceful Joe Mullin points out that, of course, these firms just so happen to be located in Texas, which helps Eolas come up with a reason why its lawsuit should be in Texas. Even more interesting? Eolas -- despite coming out of UC Berkeley, and basically being one guy who's now based in Chicago -- conveniently reincorporated in East Texas. Wonder why? Especially, with judges now transferring at least a few of the many East Texas patent trials to more convenient locations, East Texas lawyers are coming up with all sorts of neat tricks to convince judges to keep the lawsuits right there.
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