Not everything on the web comes for free
Law360.com reported that a Delaware federal jury on Friday awarded IBM Corp. more than US$82.5 million after finding Groupon Inc. infringed four e-commerce patents that date back to the early days of personal computing. Jurors returned the verdict following approximately six hours of deliberations in a Wilmington courthouse and found that Groupon willfully infringed the patents. The US$82.5 million that IBM was awarded is about half of what it had sought in the case. Two of the patents came out of the Prodigy online service, which started in the late 1980s and predated the Web. Another is related to preserving information in a continuing conversation between clients and servers. The fourth is related to authentication.