This combination of Associated Press file photos shows the The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., left, and The New York Times building in New York, right. The Times i

 

              This combination of Associated Press file photos shows the The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., left, and The New York Times building in New York, right. The Times i
This combination of Associated Press file photos shows the The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., left, and The New York Times building in New York, right. The Times is leading the defense of a diverse group of companies that use technology they assumed was free: sending text messages with Web links to mobile phones. However, the technology was patented by inventor Richard J. Helferich, who filed an outline of how such a system would work with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in September 1997. Since 2008, his company has filed 23 suits against companies. (AP Photo/File)