website statistics

Soverain Software is a patent troll which used certain shopping cart patents to mint millions of dollars from e-retail giants. Newegg, however, decided to fight and defeated the troll.

What is the next Gadget you want?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (Rate This)
Loading ... Loading ...

Given the fact that we live in an era of expensive patent battles, it is no wonder that every once in a while a patent troll would come up with a seemingly critical patent to blackmail corporate giants into coughing out big money. Soverain Software followed the same strategy, except that a case against Newegg finally brought down doom on it.


shopping cart

Soverain Software had a simple, yet seemingly strong, case. The company claimed that it had the rights to three basic patents which encapsulated the technology used to implement ‘Shopping cart’ in e-retail solutions. Using this, the company went after a number of e-retail giants, including Amazon, bagging millions of dollars along the way.

But when Soverain decided to go after Newegg, little did it know that it may be in for a hard beating. In the first legal battle between the two, Soverain won, with the jury swaying in its favor. However, Newegg found sufficient grounds to appeal the verdict.

According to the legal officer of Newegg, Lee Chang, “We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit. We saw that if we paid off this patent holder, we’d have to pay off every patent holder this same amount. This is the first case we took all the way to trial. And now, nobody has to pay Soverain jack squat for these patents.”

NewEgg basically cited CompuServe Mall, an alternate technology that pretty much accomplished the same function as ‘Shopping cart’ and applies to nearly all cases that Soverain had brought up. In other words, CompuServe served as the final nail in Soverain’s coffin. Soverain tried to argue that its patents are about the same technology as CompuServe but on the internet, yet the jury found that insufficient and ruled in favor of Newegg.

With this victory, the court basically sealed the decision against Soverain and its blackmailing tactics. The patent troll has already settled with a dozen or so e-retail giants, minting millions of dollars from each of them as well as ongoing royalties. But the ruling in the Newegg case trashed the earlier decisions, citing that all shopping cart patent claims were rendered invalid in the light of the CompuServe Mall.

Courtesy: Arstechnica

Buy Cheapest Related Product From Amazon.com


France Bans The Word ‘Hashtag’ On Twitter, For Being English

Study: Using Cellphone While Driving Leads To Other Risky Habits
You can also press the left/right arrow key on your keyboard to go to previous/next post
  On January 28, 2013(1 year, 2 months ago.)

Recent Search

Recent Tutorials

At the beginning level, many people don't know how to use Gmail properly. For them, a here's a helpful guideline.
Skype now allows you to call directly from your Outlook account. Find the step-by-step installation process from this tutorial.
This tutorial helps you quickly resolve four of the most common problems that occur with Windows XP.
After releasing Look Back, many people didn't like it. So Facebook planned to add an Edit tool to the feature and now you can edit your Facebook Look Back video.
Do you want to record Skype calls but don't know how to do that? Then this guide is absolutely for you. Get inside the article for details.
Do you know that many companies can track you on Facebook? Do you want to know who they are? Do you want to block them?
So you've been planning on replacing your old hard drive with the new drive? This tutorial helps you with a few simple steps.
Bitcoin is a digital currency that has gained extraordinary momentum in the last few months. This tutorial helps you get started with the basics.
Android lockscreen can be secured in a number of ways, some of which are described in this brief tutorial.
This review of iSkysoft Video Converter tells you everything you want to know about this Win 8/7 compatible video/DVD tool. Check the below to learn more details.
Close You Have To Login
User:
Pass:
Login With »Login With TwitterLogin With Facebook