New NPE Sues Seven Beverage Companies
Laughing Gas Enterprises (LGE) [NPE] filed suit against Amstel, Anheuser-Busch, Brown-Forman, Guiness, Heineken, Lindeman’s, and Miller Coors Brewing, alleging that the defendants’ marketing programs infringe a patent related to social networks that use mobile phones for promotional contests involving content uploads from users. This is the first patent infringement suit initiated by LGE. Jeffrey M. Franklin is the named inventor on the patent-in-suit and a co-founder of LGE. 12/5, Western District of Wisconsin, 3:2011cv00813.