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Japanese Airlines Take Dispute Over Business Model Patent To Court

Law360 (July 27, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Japan Airlines International Co. has sued the All Nippon Airways group for 10 billion yen ($91 million), claiming that the rival is infringing a JAL patent for online corporate ticket bookings.

The lawsuit, filed with the Tokyo District Court, cites a business model patent obtained by JAL in April 2001.

The two airlines had been in negotiations about the patent, but talks broke down in June of 2001, according to All Nippon Airways.

''There was inadequate explanation (from ANA) and we had no choice but to...
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