AOL, Acacia Settle Spat Over Background Ad Patent

Law360, New York (March 21, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Patent-holding company Acacia Research Corp. has settled an infringement suit against AOL LLC over technology that displays background images in instant messages and e-mails.

Acacia announced Thursday that its subsidiary, Creative Internet Advertising Corp., reached a licensing agreement with AOL to resolve a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Spokespeople for Acacia and AOL did not immediately return requests for comment Friday.

California-based CIAC filed the suit in July against Yahoo and...
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