Amazon, Others Hit With Online Inventory Patent Suit

Law360, New York (August 2, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT) -- Patent-holding company SFA Systems LLC sued Amazon.com Inc., Barnes & Noble Inc. and a slew of other retailers on Monday in Texas federal court, accusing them of infringing a computerized sales method patent.

SFA filed three suits over a single patent — U.S. Patent Number 7,941,341 — against 19 companies, alleging they infringed a patent that integrates "computerized intelligent automated salesperson support" into sales processes.

The suits also name as defendants Buy.com, DSW Inc., Dollar Tree Stores Inc., Dollar Tree Inc., Meijer Inc., New York &...
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