Travel Sites Don't Infringe Cronos Patent, Judge Finds

Law360, New York (August 15, 2016, 6:31 PM EDT) -- A Delaware judge late Monday found Expedia Inc., Priceline.com Inc. and Travelocity.com LP did not infringe Cronos Technologies LLC's patent.

U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark issued a summary judgment finding the travel companies' order systems did not infringe Cronos' U.S. Patent Number 5,664,110, saying Cronos was wrong to argue that the search parameters entered by users were equivalent to the internal "item codes" used by the system.

"No reasonable jury could find that defendants' accused systems infringe the asserted claims of the ' 110 patent because the search parameters identified by plaintiff are user discernable representations of products or services offered on defendants'...

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