Injunction Rejected In Web Thumbnail Patent Suit

By Pete Brush (December 9, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal judge has denied's motion for a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit accusing several e-commerce companies, including Yahoo Inc. and Inc., of infringing its patent for providing thumbnail images in Web searches.

In denying the motion Tuesday, Judge Sue L. Robinson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware wrote that the plaintiff failed to demonstrate a likelihood of success on the merits.

And with respect to irreparable harm, "Girafa has not demonstrated that its loss of business is clearly related to defendants' competitive conduct," the judge added, noting that the plaintiff filed its motion in...

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