January 21, 2009 (HOSTSEARCH.COM) Web hosts Web.com
and Go Daddy
have entered into a settlement and patent cross-license agreement, it was reported recently. The move is in response to a lawsuit Web.com filed against Go Daddy in 2006 for alleged infringement of U.S. patents.
According to the companies, the move fully resolves the lawsuit with each company granting each other a non-exclusive cross-license covering the parties' respective patent portfolios, including all patents that may in the future issue from pending applications.
Web.com has 21 proprietary technology and business process patents and hosting companies licensing them include Hostopia and Register.com. The company bills itself as a leading provider of online marketing for small businesses and offers online services including Internet marketing and advertising, local search, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, lead generation, home contractor specific leads, website design and publishing, logo and brand development and ecommerce solutions.