Netword Suit Against Centraal Dismissed
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Both companies provide keyword technology that enables users to type keywords in a browser instead of a URL to access Web sites.
On July 22, Netword sued Centraal, seeking unspecified damages and alleged that Centraal "implemented their system in a way that directly infringes on our patent claims." Centraal's RealNames Navigation System and its RealNames Enabler browser extension were cited as infringing the claims of Netword's patent.
The court found the RealNames System and the RealNames Enabler browser extension did not infringe any of the claims of Netword's patent.
Shep Bostin, vice president of marketing for NetWord said in reaction to the ruling, "We believe the ruling is in error and will appeal the decision," adding that the judgement did not diminish "the validity of our patent."
A Centraal spokesman said it will be business as usual at the company.
"Centraal will continue to focus on its primary goal -- to make the RealNames System ubiquitous," said Centraal founder and Chief Executive Officer Keith Teare. "Any user, at any time, and from any place on the Internet should be able to navigate the Web using RealNames."