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Centraal, Inktomi Ink Distribution Alliance

Centraal Corp., creators of the RealNames Web addressing system, Wednesday signed a strategic distribution and reseller agreement with Inktomi Corp., developers of Internet infrastructure software.

The news comes one day after Centraal announced it had prevailed in a lawsuit filed against it by competitor Netword LLC.

Inktomi will license RealNames, making it available to its portal and Web site customers. Inktomi will also enable companies that purchase its Web search technology to promote RealNames subscriptions through links embedded in search results pages.

Keith Teare, Centraal's founder and chief executive officer, said Inktomi's interest in the system serves as a strong endorsement that will likely be a catalyst for growth.

"This agreement allows existing and future Inktomi customers to easily deploy RealNames functionality in an integrated fashion, providing users with the benefit of intuitive navigation and companies with a compelling way to reach their customers," he said.

David Peterschmidt, Inktomi's chief executive officer, said the RealNames system will be another tool that will help users conduct searches quickly and easily.

"Both companies are committed to improving the Internet navigation experience across the Web's largest sites and we believe the agreement strengthens Inktomi's position as the leading provider of private-label searches," he said.

On Tuesday, Centraal announced a patent infringement lawsuit filed over the summer by competitor Netword had been tossed out by a Virginia federal judge. On July 22, Netword sued Centraal, seeking unspecified damages, alleging 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 on Netword's patent. However, the court disagreed.