Starbucks, Target Too Late With Prior Art In Map-Tech IP Suit

Law360, New York (June 12, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge on Wednesday denied a bid by Target Corp., Starbucks Corp. and other retailers to expand their invalidity contentions in a patent dispute with GeoTag Inc. over online store-locator services, finding the “happenstance discovery” of additional examples of prior art came too late in the litigation.

U.S. District Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap rejected the argument of more than 20 big-name retailers, which also include Barnes & Noble Inc., that additional prior art consisting of Prodigy, AOL and EAASY Sabre user guides going back...
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