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Bidway In Dispute With AOL, Google Over Zip Code Search Patent

Law360 (October 28, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- Online auction company Bidway.com Inc. issued cease and desist letters to the chief executives of of AOL Time Warner Inc. and Google.com Corp. over a technology to search the internet based on zip codes, the company said in a statement.

Attorneys for Bidway Inc. claim that a plan by AOL and Google to introduce zip-code-based searches infringes upon a provisional patent owned by the company that relates to business methods of utilizing zip codes in the search for local businesses online. The company currently operates over...
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