CAT Goes On Prowl Again Over Gift Card Patent

Law360, New York (February 9, 2010, 12:12 PM EST) -- Patent-holding company Card Activation Technologies Inc. has slapped nine retailers — including Macy's Inc., Blockbuster Inc. and Starbucks Corp. — with a lawsuit accusing them of deliberately infringing a patent covering a method for processing debit transactions with a countertop terminal.

CAT filed the complaint Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, also targeting J.C. Penney Co., Lane Bryant Inc., Nordstrom Inc. and others.

The plaintiff is asking the court for a judgment that the defendants have and continue to infringe...
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