Inventor-controlled Deep Web, L.L.C. has returned to litigation, suing one of the same parties—IAC (Ask Media Group) (5:20-cv-02262)—from the 2014 start of its campaign. Asserted are three patents from the same family of five, all generally related to search technology, with Ask Media again accused of infringement over the provision of the Ask.com search engine. Deep Web sued IAC in 2014 at the same time that it sued Microsoft; the latter case was voluntarily dismissed with prejudice; the former, without prejudice.
New NPE Deep Web, L.L.C. has filed its first suits against IAC Search & Media and Microsoft more than two years after it was first incorporated. The case asserts three patents that relate to managing and fulfilling Internet search requests. Deep Web acquired the patents-in-suit from inventor Michael Moricz in March 2012 (7,693,956, 7,716,303, 7,730,160). Moricz previously asserted the three patents against Google in a case filed in August 2010. The case was dismissed in November 2011. In the current litigation defendants’ web search products, Ask.com and Bing, are accused of infringing the asserted patents. 5/2, Western District of Washington, 2:14cv00663, 2:14cv00664
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