AOL's Tacoda Being Sued For Patent Infringement

Modavox has claimed that Tacoda violated its patent on a “Method and System for Adding Function to a Web Page,” ClickZ reports.

"There is speculation that Tacoda's pending acquisition by AOL could have triggered the patent infringement suit. The patent is said to cover technologies that serve customized multimedia content and advertising to its users. The patent was filed for in 1999 and given to Modavox in 2003 while it was operating under the name SurfNet Media Group.

Nathaniel Bradley, CTO and chief product officer of Modavox stated, “We really focused on Tacoda a long time ago when they came out with their whole business model. Tacoda is one of many potential infringers out there. It's impossible for us to sue everybody.” Other competitors he mentioned were AlmondNet and Revenue Science," ClickZ reported.

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Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.