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 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, DSW Inc., Dollar Tree Stores Inc., Dollar Tree Inc., Meijer Inc., New York &...
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