Retailers Need To Get Ready For More Patent Claims

Law360, New York (October 8, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT) -- In recent years, the frequency of patent infringement claims against some retailers has been steadily rising. This is certainly not an industrywide trend, as the total number of patent cases filed against the country’s 50 largest retailers actually declined slightly from 162 cases in 2006 to 150 in 2009. On an individual basis, however, some of the increases have been significant — especially among online retailers.

Amazon.com saw only six patent cases in 2006 versus 20 in 2009, while over the same period the number of...
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