The New York Times Co. is girding for a legal battle that many larger organisations have avoided. The Times is leading the defence of a diverse group of companies that use technology they assumed was free: sending text messages with Web links to mobile phones.
The technology was patented by inventor Richard J. Helferich, who filed
an outline of how such a system would work with the US Patent and
Trademark Office in September 1997. He was granted several patents on
the method, giving him the right to sue companies that use it without