Google‘s interest in the “daily deal” business was demonstrated by their $6 Billion dollar offer to acquire Groupon (leading to a ridiculously overrated valuation of the latter’s patent portfolio). Of course, Groupon spurned this offer, opting for an IPO instead. Undaunted, Google entered the daily deal business on its own, through a service offering called Google Offers. Late yesterday, Google Offers became the subject of a federal lawsuit in Delaware.
This new lawsuit involves four Patents owned by research firm Walker Digital and is the latest in a series of actions the firm has taken to protect and monetize its patent portfolio. Though filed separately, the lawsuit will team Google up with Amazon, BuyWithMe, Dealon, and (of course) Groupon who were all also accused of infringing the following patents:
- 7,039,603: “Settlement systems and methods wherein a buyer takes possession at a retailer of a product.”
- 6,249,772: “Systems and methods wherein a buyer purchases a product at a first price and acquires.”
- 6,754,636: “Purchasing systems and methods wherein a buyer takes possession at a retailer of a product.”
- 7,689,468: “Purchasing, redemption and settlement systems and methods wherein a buyer takes possession at a retailer.”
These patents originated with filings in 1996 and ’97, and began to issue between 2001-2010, and have been cited as prior art for later patents held by IBM, Expedia, Scientific-Atlanta (now Cisco), Amazon, and eBay, among many others. Google recently lost a jury trial, being found to infringe a patent owned by Bedrock related to data storage methods. The Bedrock loss could have broader implications for the IT industry in general.
You can view the complaint here:
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