TravelCenters Unit Sues Patent Cos. Over Truck Stop App

Law360, New York (August 11, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT) -- A TravelCenters of America affiliate sued two patent holding companies in Massachusetts federal court on Tuesday in an effort to fend off patent infringement claims over technology used in a truck stop smartphone application.

TA Operating LLC filed the preemptive suit against Cascades Branding Innovation LLC and N99 LLC after receiving a letter demanding that it pay license fees for U.S. Patent Number 7,768,395, titled “Brand Mapping," according to the complaint.

The suit alleges Cascades threatened TA with patent infringement claims if it did not agree...
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