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Zillow pays $850K for patent licenses

LoopNet opts to fight CIVIX in court

Real estate information portal Zillow Inc. has paid $850,000 to release the company from any claims that it infringed on two patents held by CIVIX-DDI LLC, an Alexandria, Va.-based company that's sued more than a dozen operators of websites that offer location-based search capabilities to consumers.Meanwhile  the target of CIVIC's latest lawsuit, commercial listing portal operator LoopNet Inc. -- says it intends to "vigorously defend itself" against a patent infringement complaint CIVIX filed in January.CIVIX has been involved in lawsuits with more than a dozen companies dating back to 1999, including some household names like Microsoft Corp., Motorola Inc., Orbitz LLC and Expedia Inc. Typically, CIVIX is able to obtain licensing payments from companies it claims have infringed upon its patents -- sometimes without having to go to court. In its lawsuit against LoopNet, CIVIX says that so far, it's entered into 26 licensing agreements for its patents, generating more than $4...

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