Online Catalog Inventor, E-Tailers Settle Patent Spat

Law360, New York (October 23, 2009, 7:49 PM EDT) -- Four online retailers and intervenor Microsoft Corp. have settled claims with a patent holder that accused the firms of infringing three patents relating to Internet catalogs and remote data storage.

Judge David Folsom of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas signed off on the agreement Friday and terminated the case, as Hanover Direct Inc., SmartBargains Inc., Valuevision Media Inc. and 1-800 Contacts Inc. were the final remaining defendants.

While Judge Folsom's order included provisions that each party would bear its own costs,...
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