Online Gift Card Swaps Are Patentable, Cardpool Claims

Law360, Los Angeles (July 30, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT) -- Cardpool Inc. told the Federal Circuit on Monday that a lower court erred in dismissing the gift card distributor's suit against competitor Plastic Jungle Inc. for allegedly infringing a patent for a gift card exchange service, claiming its method satisfies a machine test.

Cardpool has alleged that Plastic Jungle's website,, infringes its patent, U.S. Patent Number 7,494,048, which provides instruction on how to prevent fraud and monetize unwanted, pre-owned gift cards through an Internet-based computerized gift card exchange system, according to court filings.

Cardpool claims...
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