Amazon Sues To Protect Web Service Users From Patent Suits

By Kat Greene (February 6, 2018, 6:13 PM EST) -- Amazon.com Inc. went to bat for customers of its web services tools in California federal court Tuesday with a lawsuit seeking to end an infringement litigation campaign by a nonpracticing entity, arguing the patent holder had already lost its case when it dropped claims against Amazon itself.

Personal Web Technologies LLC last month filed some 50 lawsuits in a handful of jurisdictions around the country against Amazon Web Services customers including Airbnb Inc., MyFitnessPal Inc., Reddit Inc., Venmo Inc., Kickstarter, Blue Apron LLC and FanDuel Inc., Amazon said in Tuesday's complaint.

But the claims the patent holder is asserting — that the customers...

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