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Netword Suit Against Centraal Dismissed

Centraal Corp. announced Tuesday that on Jan. 8, the Eastern District of Virginia tossed out a lawsuit filed over the summer by Netword LLC accusing Centraal of patent infringement.

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.

"We are pleased by the fact that Judge Brinkema properly interpreted the claims of Netword's patent and understood that Centraal's RealNames system, including the Enabler browser extension, operated in a fundamentally different way than the system claimed in Netword's patent," said Todd Noah, Centraal's attorney.

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."