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MLS vendor wins 2-year patent battle

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A Portland, Ore.-based company that sued two multiple listing service software vendors for patent infringement has lost a two-year court battle, with a U.S. District Court Judge dismissing its claim against one of the vendors and invalidating the patent in question.CollegeNET Inc. filed suit against MarketLinx Inc. and Rapattoni Corp. in July 2009 claiming the companies had infringed on a 2005 patent governing an automated system for sending predetermined messages to website users based on information entered into a template.In its complaint, CollegeNET said it held a total of seven patents on Web-based technologies used by more than 1,300 higher education and nonprofit institutions "to save money, improve operational efficiency, reduce environmental impacts and enhance communications."CollegeNET said it had already "vigorously enforced its patents" in lawsuits against direct competitors, but that the company's technology was now "being exploited beyond the wal...