Individual Inventor, a Veteran of Two Fatdoors, Sues Airbnb

  • November 23, 2020
  • Category: New Patent Litigation
    Market Sector: E-Commerce and Software

Named inventor Raj Abhyanker has sued Airbnb (4:20-cv-08248) over the inclusion of certain reservation features (e.g., approval, booking, and verification tools) within the Airbnb platform. A single patent, generally directed to a “short-term listing server” for validating the listing data of a “place to stay”, is asserted in the new Northern District of California complaint. The asserted patent belongs to a large family with a complicated assignment and litigation history, including a short-lived 2014 suit against Nextdoor.com.


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