|Mon, 10/17/2011 - 13:00 — Anonyme||Tweet||
As described before, on the 29th of September 2011, we, at GroupCamp, have received at our offices in Paris, France, a patent claim letter from company Lodsys, a limited liability company based in Texas United States. This patent claim comes after recent similar actions to US-based companies such as Opinion Lab, Brother, Apple, The New York Times, and Foresee Results.
What is the patent claim
Lodsys is the owner of the Lodsys patents US … Lodsys claims that the patents invented by M. Abelow is being used by GroupCamp’s cloud based-apps. Below is an extract of Lodsys’s letter to GroupCamp:
Lodsys letter to GroupCamp states that « Lodsys patented technology provides numerous benefits » to GroupCamp.
Understanding Claim 1 of US Patent No 7 222 078
The first screenshot (see below) is from the slide deck received from Lodsys. It details claim 1 of US Patent No 7 222 078 (METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR GATHERING INFORMATION FROM UNITS OF A COMMODTY ACROSS A NETWORK) . This patent dates back to has been challenged is undergoing reexamination by Google.
The slide deck continues with screenshots of Groupcamp Project illustrating for example how GroupCamp Project collaborative project management solution represents « a product used by users in different locations as a PC application » The second screenshot below is from the administrator section of GroupCamp Project.
The other screenshot from the account management section is from GroupCamp’s account management application where account owners enter their form of payment and manage upgrades and downgrades.
The next screenshot in the slide deck shows how account owners can in their account management section, enter their form of payment on which to be charged for their monthly subscription (“interaction through the upgrade is stored in a central website for the transactional process”)
The last screenshot from the slide deck is taken from the groupcamp.com website in the ‘Why choose us’ section. A comment bubble points to the term web-based applications and states “transactional data is collected by the central website as indicated by the ability for the online ordering system to provide access to the content once the transaction has been successfully processed”.
What Lodsys wants from GroupCamp
The letter from Lodsys is a first pre-litigation step. As a result of the claim above, Lodsys states that it is interested « in reaching a negotiated licensing arrangement » with GroupCamp. We have 21 days following receipt of this letter.