Judge Likens Ablaise Patent Spat To 'Peanuts' Comic

Law360, New York (October 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge on Wednesday said Ablaise Ltd.'s motion to dismiss Dow Jones & Co.'s claim of invalidity with respect to a Web page patent was akin to the "Peanuts" cartoon character Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown.

The judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said that Ablaise appeared interested in asserting its rights to the patent elsewhere.

The patents at issue in the case are U.S. Patent Nos. 6,961,737 and 6,925,530. They are similar and describe a method...
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