Apple mashed up with Frito-Lay, Wells Fargo, Yahoo in patent claim

A company called Innova Patent Licensing LLC has launched a patent infringement allegation in the Eastern District of Texas Marshall Division district court.

The law suit names 3Com, Alcatel-Lucent, American International Group, AOL, Apple, Bank of America, Capital One, Cinemark, Citigroup, Crossmark, Dell, Dr Pepper Snapple, Ericsson, Frito Lay, Google, HP, IBM, JC Penney, JCP Publications, JP Morgan Chase, Mcafee, Perot Systems, Rent-a-Center, Research in Motion, Siemens, Symantec, Wells Fargo and Yahoo as the defendants in the case.

It’s alleged this rather diverse range of corporations have breached us patent number 6,018,761, that’s called System for adding to electronic mail messages information obtained from sources external to the electronic mail transport process.

Frito-Lay, for example, is alleged to make, use, offer to sell, and/or selling e-mail filtering software and/or hardware including, without limitation, the software and/or hardware used to filter e-mail sent to the domain pbsg.com.

The allegations against the other defendants have a similar cast.

Innova wants a jury trial and damages from each of the defendants. It’s unclear whether it would be happy to accept a lifetime of supplies of potato crisps. We expect not.