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AT&T Slaps Suit on EBay, PayPal

AT&T has filed A lawsuit against eBay Inc. and its subsidiary PayPal, alleging that the companies' online payment systems violate AT&T's patent No. 5,329,589 granted in 1994 for a system to send money across the Internet through a trusted intermediary. The suit was filed in federal district court in Delaware. AT&T says that it notified eBay and PayPal of the alleged infringement more than a year ago and tried unsuccessfully to reach a settlement. EBay representatives say the company hasn't seen the suit and has had some conversations with AT&T, but based on what it knows, the suit is meritless, and the company will defend itself vigorously.

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