Group Purchasing Power – An Interesting Use Of The Patent Marketplace

There’s nothing quite like a patent war over group, pre-purchase discounts to get people excited, is there?  A couple of different news outlets have picked up on a lawsuit by Groupon against apparent competitor MobGob.  Of course, each of those stories missed what‘s Joe Mullin, and Bloomberg‘s Susan Decker noticed, which is MobGob’s botched attempt to throw the first stone at Groupon.  (See Groupon vs. MobGob: Patent Battles Hit The Daily-Deal Business and Groupon Accuses MobGob of Infringing Pricing Patent)  According to Mullin, Cy Technology tried to sue Groupon back in May on US Patent 7,672,897