Aloft, Yahoo Settle Instant Messaging Patent Suit

Law360, New York (August 12, 2009, 8:18 PM EDT) -- Yahoo Inc. has settled a patent infringement suit filed by Aloft Media LLC over online instant messaging technology, leaving Google Inc. as the sole remaining defendant in the case.

Yahoo and Aloft filed a joint motion Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to dismiss Aloft's claims against Yahoo with prejudice, and Yahoo's claims against Aloft without prejudice, saying they had reached a settlement.

The companies did not disclose any details about the deal. Each will bear its own costs, according...
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