Del Monte Fresh Produce Files for DJ against NPE
Del Monte Fresh Produce filed an action for declaratory judgment against Webvention Holdings [NPE] over a patent related to hover previewing and dynamic search. Webvention claims to have licensed the patent-in-suit to over 280 companies on its website and has been named in more than 25 separate declaratory judgment actions since September, 2010. Webvention obtained the patent in November 2009 when it merged with Ferrara Ethereal, a patent-holding company owned by Intellectual Ventures. The complaint states that Del Monte received a letter from Webvention saying, “For the next 45 days, Webvention is willing to license the ‘294 patent for a one-time, fully paid-up licensing fee of $80,000.” 8/23, District of Delaware, 1:2011cv00748.