Recently Resuscitated E-Commerce Campaign, with Apparent Ties to Equitable IP, Hits Etsy

April 3, 2019

Consolidated Transaction Processing LLC (CTP) has added a case against Etsy (1:19-cv-00591) to the suits that it filed in mid-March against Amazon, eBay, Overstock.com, and Wal-Mart. All five cases were filed in Delaware, asserting the same five e-commerce patents, with infringement allegations focused on common features within e-commerce platforms, as well as features that distinguish between multiple sellers for a given item and that allow sellers to choose from multiple payment processors. In the first case in CTP’s campaign, filed in the District of Nevada in July 2016, Jet.com (subsequently acquired by Wal-Mart) filed an early motion to dismiss under Alice, characterizing three of the patents-in-suit as patent-ineligibly directed to the abstract idea of catalog sales and the other two, to the abstract idea of targeting advertisements based on customer location.

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