Centraal, Inktomi Ink Distribution Alliance
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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.
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.