How Newegg crushed the “shopping cart” patent and saved online retail # patent trolls on the back foot? #mustread

“Thank you for calling Soverain technical support,” says Wolanyck, if you press option 2. “If you are a current customer and have a tech support question, please call us at 1-888-884-4432, or e-mail us at support@soverain.com.” That number, like the “customer support” number on Soverain’s contact page, has been disconnected.

Soverain isn’t in the e-commerce business; it’s in the higher-margin business of filing patent lawsuits against e-commerce companies. And it’s been quite successful until now. The company’s plan to extract a patent tax of about one percent of revenue from a huge swath of online retailers was snuffed out last week by Newegg and its lawyers, who won an appeal ruling [PDF] that invalidates the three patents Soverain used to spark a vast patent war.

via How Newegg crushed the “shopping cart” patent and saved online retail | Ars Technica.

One thought on “How Newegg crushed the “shopping cart” patent and saved online retail # patent trolls on the back foot? #mustread

  1. alecm Post author

    Remarkably, the judge overseeing the case ruled during trial that the jury wouldn’t be allowed make a decision about Newegg’s arguments that the patent was invalid. That line of reasoning—that Soverain’s patents were bogus to begin with—would become the basis of Newegg’s appeal.

    wtf?

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