Long-Litigated GPS Patents Asserted Against Facebook

March 3, 2017

Silver State Intellectual Technologies, Inc. (SSIT) has asserted two related patents (7,343,165; 8,892,117) in a new case targeting location-based features offered by Facebook (2:17-cv-00643): “Status Update/Check In” and “Place Tips”, respectively. The ‘165 patent generally relates to providing contact information based on location; and the ‘117 patent, to recommending nearby points-of-interest. Both issued to prolific inventor Michael L. Obradovich, who asserted many of his over 150 issued US patents in a prior campaign litigated through another controlled NPE, American Calcar, Inc. SSIT has thus far asserted 14 patents in its own campaign.

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