New Campaign Tags Customers of Three Web Crawler Companies with Websites Identifying Many Other Clients
- March 19, 2017
Recently created Texas NPE Spider Search Analytics LLC has launched its first litigation campaign, asserting a single patent (7,454,430) in new cases against Restocks (6:17-cv-00161), Sears (6:17-cv-00162), and Tuva Labs (6:17-cv-00163). The ‘430 patent generally relates to web crawling, reciting the rare claim that can be economically quoted in its entirety: “1. A method for crawling the internet to locate pages relevant to an application and thus building a Web Crawler comprising: starting from a base set of application-dependent web pages or crystallization points; and applying breadth-first recursive crawling”. Spider Search’s complaints accuse each defendant of infringement through the use of web crawler development products supplied by other companies (not themselves named as defendants): Restocks as a customer of Apifier; Sears, of Diffbot; and Tuva Labs, of Scrapy. The complaints refer to the web sites of each of these supplier companies, which identify many other customers of their services.