Variant Sues 13 In 2nd Web Marketing Patent Suit

Law360 (December 12, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Variant Inc. has hit 13 companies with a suit over their Web sites, which Variant claims infringe a patent for the online marketing of goods. It's the second lawsuit in the past year Variant has filed over the patent, after a similar suit in July against 10 companies.

The complaint, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, includes a wide array of companies, including refrigerator manufacturer Sub-Zero Inc.; musical instrument vendor First Act Inc.; and the Biltmore Co., which manages...
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