U.S. Supreme Court Won't Hear Newegg/Soverain Case for Shopping Cart Patents
January 14, 2014 12:31 PM
Newegg wins yet another patent battle
scored a major win
against Soverain Software LLC, as the U.S. Supreme Court has decided it won't hear a patent case between the two.
According to a report from the
, the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a patent case where Soverain accused Newegg of infringing on three patents regarding the use of shopping carts online.
Newegg argued that the shopping cart patents, which describe how products are bought and paid for online, "applies the common sense concept of a shopping cart to the Internet."
In other words, many sites on the Web use shopping carts and Newegg thought this was a BS patent.
It seems like the Supreme Court thinks so, too.
"The witch is dead, hurray," said Lee Cheng, Newegg's chief legal officer. "We are very, very pleased that the Supreme Court has recognized ... these patents should never have been granted in the first place. What we have showed in the Soverain case is the fighting back works."
In January of last year, Cheng called the patent battle with Soverain
"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit," said Cheng back in January 2013. "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."
As you might've guessed, Soverain wasn't as happy about the outcome.
"We're obviously disappointed that the court denied our petition," said Katharine Wolanyk, Soverain President. "It's a really tough time to be a patent owner."
Before the Supreme Court decision, Soverain managed to win against Newegg in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. However, it lost at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Newegg is no stranger to patent trolls. In May of last year, it teamed up with Overstock.com and
defeated France's Alcatel-Lucent SA
, which holds over 29,000 patents due to Bell Labs going belly up in 2006, in a patent case. Many other e-tailers were too scared to fight Alcatel-Lucent SA, but not Newegg.
"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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