Panda Express, Retailers Face Gift Card Patent Suits

Law360, New York (January 27, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Restaurant chain Panda Restaurant Group Inc. and four national retailers, including Whole Foods Market Inc. and Barneys New York Inc., have been dragged into infringement litigation by a Chicago patent-holding company over its gift card technology.

Card Activation Technologies shot off five separate suits in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on Jan. 21 against Panda Restaurant and major retailers Barneys, BeBe Stores Inc., Casual Male Retail Group Inc. and Whole Foods. The latest round of litigation brings the total to 12...
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