Avon, Victoria's Secret Told To Pay $18M In Sales IP Row

Law360, New York (November 18, 2011, 8:56 PM ET) -- A Texas federal jury awarded Soverain Software LLC around $18 million from Avon Products Inc. and Victoria's Secret Direct Brand Management LLC on Friday, finding the defendants' websites infringed two of Soverain's e-commerce patents.

The jury found that Avon.com, YourAvon.com and Victoriassecret.com infringed two claims of U.S. Patent Number 5,715,314 and three claims of U.S. Patent Number 5,909,492.

Both patents are titled “Network sales system” and describe software for carrying out a standard e-commerce transaction, in which a user sends a request to purchase a product...
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