Ashley Madison Called Out for Infringing Compatibility Patent

Oct. 22, 2019, 6:21 PM

A social networking technology company says Ashley Madison and other dating services are infringing its patent for determining user compatibility.

Jedi Technologies Inc. is suing ruby Corp. and subsidiaries for using technology covered in U.S. Patent No. 10,164,918, which involves ways to apply preferences and characteristics to help match users.

The extramarital dating service’s website and app, along with those for the Cougar Life and Established Men services, infringe the ‘918 patent in a way that’s “willful, wanton, malicious, in bad faith, deliberate, consciously wrongful and flagrant,” Jedi said in its the complaint.

Paul Keable, chief strategy officer at ruby, said in an email that the lawsuit was “frivolous.”

Jedi, which operates a site called Match Machine, said the alleged infringers offered their services “although they knew that their actions would constitute and result in infringement of the ‘918 patent.”

Jedi in February reached out to ruby Life Inc., a ruby Corp. subsidiary and defendant, to see whether the company wanted to obtain a license under the patent, according to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The company said it provided ruby with information regarding alleged infringement. Ruby in July said it wasn’t interested in licensing Jedi’s intellectual property, and contended that the patent was ineligible for protection.

Cause of Action: Patent infringement

Relief: Damages; permanent injunction prohibiting future infringement

Attorneys: Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan LLC represent Jedi.

The case is Jedi Technologies, Inc. v. ruby Corp. et al, N.D. Ill., 1:19-cv-06918, 10/21/19

To contact the reporter on this story: Ian Lopez in Washington at ilopez@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebecca Baker at rbaker@bloomberglaw.com; Keith Perine at kperine@bloomberglaw.com

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