After Hail Mary Pass to the Supreme Court, Ameranth Takes Further Aim at Digital Food Ordering with Yet Another Patent

  • April 26, 2020
  • Category: Patent Litigation Feature
    Market Sectors: E-Commerce and Software, Mobile Communications and Devices

Ameranth, Inc. has filed its first original complaint in nearly seven years, targeting Olo (1:20-cv-00518) over its food delivery platform (Olo Digital Ordering). The plaintiff pleads at length details concerning that accused system’s integration with delivery services such as Door Dash, Uber Eats, Waitr, and others; with messaging services Google Assistant and Facebook Messenger; and with hosting services provided by Amazon. A new Ameranth patent—generally related to interacting with “hospitality software” through an “intelligent automated assistant” on a remote device—makes its litigation debut in Ameranth’s recent complaint, which attaches an expert declaration that purportedly demonstrates “that the technologies described and claimed in [that] patent were non-conventional at the time of the invention in 2005 and contain at least three inventive concepts that enhance computer technology”. Ameranth’s last original complaint, filed in August 2013 against Booking Holdings (f/k/a Priceline Group) (OpenTable), contained no such detail—which is no surprise, given the effect that June 2014’s Alice decision has had on Ameranth’s campaign in particular and on patent litigation more generally.


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