Online Retailers Sued Over Web Search Patent

Law360, New York (September 23, 2009, 4:44 PM EDT) -- Software developer SpeedTrack Inc. has launched a lawsuit accusing nearly two dozen major online retailers, including Amazon.com Inc., Best Buy Co. and Overstock.com Inc., of infringing a patent that covers a search mechanism customers can use to locate products on the retailers' Web sites.

The complaint, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, accuses the defendants of infringing U.S. Patent Number 5,544,360, titled “Method for accessing computer files and data, using linked categories assigned to each data file record on...
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