Walgreen Hit With Patent Suit Over Smartphone App

Law360, New York (April 14, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT) -- Cascades Branding Innovation LLC lodged a lawsuit in Illinois federal court Thursday claiming a Walgreen Co. smartphone application that lets users find the nearest Walgreens store location infringes its patent for brand mapping technology.

In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Cascades Branding alleges Walgreen has infringed its patent related to improvements in mobile devices that allow the devices to locate branded products and services in their vicinity.

The Walgreen application operates on consumers’ smartphones, including Apple Inc.’s...
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