Spider Search Targets Web Crawling Platforms with Two Patents, One Familiar, the Other New

  • January 4, 2018
  • E-Commerce and Software, New Patent Litigation

Spider Search Analytics LLC has filed two new lawsuits in its file-and-dismiss campaign over two web crawling patents, one each against Connotate (1:17-cv-01848) and Import.io (1:17-cv-01849). The NPE accuses the companies of infringement through provision on their websites of web crawler development platforms. Since Spider Search began this campaign in March 2017, it has been filing (and quickly dismissing) cases asserting only one of the two patents now at issue against multiple defendants for their alleged use of similar web crawler development products provided by either Apifier, Diffbot, or Scrapy, without naming any of those companies itself as a defendant. Spider Search is among the NPE affiliates of Bradley D. Liddle, which together ranked at number eight among the most frequent plaintiffs last year.

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