(Reuters) — International Organization Devices on Monday requested a U.S. jury to award it $167 million in a lawsuit accusing e-commerce market operator Groupon of working with patented engineering with no authorization.
IBM attorney John Desmarais instructed a jury in federal court docket in Delaware that Groupon infringed patents describing foundational e-commerce engineering that had already been accredited to Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet’s Google for in between $twenty million and $fifty million for every enterprise.
“Most major companies have taken licenses to these patents,” Desmarais reported. “Groupon has not. The new kid on the block refuses to choose duty for working with these inventions.”
Groupon attorney J. David Hadden argued that IBM was overreading the scope of its patents and boasting ownership of setting up blocks of the net.
“A important issue for you in this circumstance is whether or not these patents include the earth huge world-wide-web,” Hadden instructed jurors. “They do not and that is due to the fact IBM did not invent the earth huge world-wide-web.”
An IBM govt is predicted to testify during the two-week demo about licensing bargains with engineering companies like Amazon and Google, delivering a scarce glimpse into IBM’s initiatives to derive income from its large patent portfolio.
The Armonk, New York-primarily based enterprise invests seriously in study and progress and has secured much more U.S. patents than any other enterprise for the previous twenty five many years.
IBM sued Chicago-primarily based Groupon in 2016, alleging infringement of four patents.
Two of the four patents at difficulty relate to Prodigy, a late-eighties forerunner to the net, developed by IBM and others, that describe a technique for demonstrating programs and adverts that cuts down server loads.
IBM also reported it patented so-called “single indication on” engineering that permits individuals to log in to a retailer’s website with their Facebook or Google account.
Desmarais instructed jurors IBM is a prolific innovator and seeks to license its patents on acceptable terms. IBM had no decision but to sue Groupon immediately after it refused to negotiate a licensing deal, he reported.
Hadden countered IBM was unreasonably searching for cash from every single important net enterprise.
“We are below due to the fact IBM has yet another small business that IBM does not speak about in its commercials,” he reported. “In that small business IBM utilizes its substantial inventory of patents as a club to get cash from other companies.”