EBay Loses Bid To Ditch Patent Fight Over Search Feature

Law360, Los Angeles (August 13, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a suit alleging eBay Inc. violated MasterObjects Inc.'s patent for Internet search fields that fill out likely answers as users type in letters, rejecting eBay's argument that the patent language wasn't specific enough to be enforceable.

EBay users see suggestions for full words or phrases pop up in a search box as they type queries into the site, and the technology that allows the computer to guess at what the user might want to type is owned...
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