Spider Search Campaign Continues to “Scrape” Web Crawler Company Websites for Defendants

July 12, 2017

Spider Search Analytics LLC has added three lawsuits to the campaign that it began in the Eastern District of Texas this past March, suing MicroPyramid (6:17-cv-00400) there, as well as Gift Hero (1:17-cv-11282) and Hubspot (1:17-cv-11285) in Massachusetts. The complaints assert the same web crawling patent (7,454,430) already at issue, accusing each defendant of infringement through the use of web crawler development products supplied by other companies (not themselves named as defendants): MicroPyramid as a customer of Scrapy, and the other two as customers of Diffbot. Each of the eight defendants in this campaign to date has been identified on the website of Apifier (a third company with web crawler offerings), Diffbot, or Scrapy. Those companies’ websites identify many other customers of their services, not yet named.

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