NPE Sues E-Commerce Sites for Referrals
- January 5, 2012
Commerce Technology Licensing (CTL) [NPE] and The Tobin Family Education and Health Foundation [NPE] filed three separate suits against 1-800-Flowers.com, Art.com, and Overstock.com, alleging that the defendants’ websites infringe a patent related to paying referral fees when a user clicks on a third party’s link and subsequently makes a purchase. The plaintiffs have filed one prior suit in March 2009 against Amazon. The named inventor on the patent in suit is William Tobin, who assigned a joint interest in the patent to CTL and the Tobin Foundation in 2009. 12/30, District of New Jersey, 2:2011cv07595; 2:2011cv07596; 2:2011cv07598.