Patent worries over rollover images
Are rollover images really covered under patent law?
"Dear website owner, congratulations on your excellent site, which includes features covered by our registered patent, #5,251,294. As the description indicates, many of the components on your pages, particularly your menus, rollover images, and shortcuts, are detailed in our claim. We would be delighted to lease these to you at a reasonable royalty rate of $80,000. Please call our offices at your convenience to arrange a payment schedule."
Even if their patent does cover rollover images which we use for menus and other means, can they really enforce it?
The firm's site claims that it has made licensing deals with Apple, Google, Nokia, Sears, Sony and Orbitz.
What do you think?