RealNetworks Wins Patent Suit Over Ethos


RealNetworks has prevailed in a $200 million patent infringement lawsuit originally brought against it by Ethos Technologies in 2002.
A Massachusetts jury found that Real doesn’t infringe on any of the 10 patent claims asserted by Boston-based Ethos, and also invalidated seven of the 10 claims in both patents. The lawsuit pertained to certain RealNetworks downloading products, including RealDownload Express and RealDownload.
RealDownload has since been discontinued and RealDownload Express, which is used as utility software to facilitate the downloading of RealNetworks products, is considered a minor application with a minimal impact on the company’s revenue.

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