Insurance Giants Face Acacia's Barcode Patents

Law360, New York (May 9, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A subsidiary of patent-holding company Acacia Research Corp. filed a lawsuit against several major insurance companies this week, accusing the companies of infringing its patent for multi-dimensional barcode technology.

The subsidiary, VData LLC, filed the suit against Connecticut-based Aetna Inc. and Illinois-based Allstate Corp., among others, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Acacia believes the insurance providers are infringing the patent by using and scanning barcodes for various forms, mass mailings and other documents, according to Acacia.

Thus far, California-based VData has...
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