Thursday, May 16, 2013

MacroSolve Case against Kroger Dismissed

Case Filed: Feb 25, 2013

Case Closed: May 14, 2013

Judge: Michael H. Schneider

Court: Texas Eastern District Court

Case Summary:
A patent infringement case was filed by MacroSolve against Kroger asserting the US patent US7822816. The patent is entitled ‘System and method for data management’, issued on Oct 26, 2010 and expires[i] by Aug 19, 2023. The patent is currently assigned[ii] to MacroSolve (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). 

The patent addresses mobile information collection systems across all wireless networks, smartphones, tablets, and rugged mobile devices covering the fundamental technology in mobile applications. The suit alleged that Kroger commercializes Kroger mobile app product/service that is protected by the ‘816 patent. 

MacroSolve filed a motion to dismiss the case. Upon consideration, Court ordered all the claims and counterclaims be dismissed with no charges imposed on any parties, thereby concluding the dispute.

MacroSolve has filed additional patent infringement suits asserting the same patent against the following entities that are pending:
  • Costco Wholesale Corporation
  • Staples
  • Kohl’s Department Stores
  • Nordstrom
  • Pandora Media
  • GameStop Corporation
  • RueLaLa
See 6:13-cv-00203 for more details. To get alerts on cases filed/closed, subscribe to our Litigation Alerts.

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[i] Expected expiration date. Patent Term Estimator is a free web-based tool that automatically calculates patent terms and expiration dates for U.S. utility patents.
[ii] MaxVal offers Patent Assignment Alert service where subscribers receive email alerts when assignments relating to target applications, patents or entities of interest are recorded.

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