Smucker Strikes First To Avoid Patent Jam

Law360, New York (January 6, 2012, 4:38 PM EST) -- The J.M. Smucker Co. filed a preemptive lawsuit against patent-licensing company Lodsys LLC on Wednesday in Wisconsin federal court, seeking a declaratory judgment that the jam giant's website hadn't infringed the litigious firm's oft-asserted data sharing patents.

Smucker says it feared it would be the next target in Lodsys' recent spree of patent suits after a Nov. 9 letter from the Wisconsin-based patent company, which offered to license its technology for a feature on jam maker's website that allegedly utilizes it. Lodsys reserved the right to...
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