MasterObjects Sues Microsoft Over Search Patent

Law360, New York (May 19, 2011, 5:11 PM ET) -- MasterObjects Inc. filed a patent infringement suit Tuesday against Microsoft Corp. in California federal court, claiming the software giant's Bing search engine is infringing its patent for instant search technology.

The complaint claims MasterObjects' founder Mark Smit invented a new approach to search, in which an intelligent search field immediately begins submitting a request as soon as the user starts to type, speeding up the process and increasing efficiency. The plaintiff contends it warned Microsoft in May 2008 that it was pursuing patent protection for the...
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