I have just written an alert for our clients pointing out that a Singapore company has asked for license fees for the use of what they claim is their technology--a method of locating Web pages by utilizing visual images.
According to Vuestar Technology's Web site, a license from the company is required for the clicking, scrolling or streaming over a visual image to connect with a Web site or Web page.
Such licenses are available on a per territory and per year basis. According to Vuestar, any Web site with visual images, Internet service providers, telcos which phones connect to the Web, and anybody else contributing to the use of the patent will require the license.
In addition, all search engine portals and Web sites that have search facilities and images will require separate licenses.
I know many will start to render opinions and offer prior art citations.
That is well and good and to this group, I would say, be careful and precise. Another response would be to offer a payment to tide over the problem--the issue here is that annual licenses keep going on and on.
I have received a few e-mail messages from people stating they cannot understand what is going on.
That's the world of patents, where tactics befuddle and clever drafting bewilder even the best of us.