Uber, Lyft, WhatsApp Hit With Patent Suits Over GPS Tech

By Andrew Karpan (February 1, 2021, 10:07 PM EST) -- Uber, Lyft and Facebook's WhatsApp are facing lawsuits in Texas federal court over claims that their GPS-based technology infringes AGIS Software Development LLC patents.

AGIS, the patent licensing arm of a former U.S. Marine's emergency communication contractor, filed three suits on Friday, one each against ride hailing giants Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. and another against the Facebook-owned messenger WhatsApp Inc.

The suits claim that the companies are ripping off five patents connected to a communication system called LifeRing that AGIS markets to first responders, law enforcement, and military personnel.

The Jupiter, Fla.-based emergency communication business, known as Advanced Ground Information Systems Inc.,...

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