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Chewy Seeks Order Blocking $36 Million IBM Patent Demand (1)

Feb. 16, 2021, 3:50 PMUpdated: Feb. 16, 2021, 9:37 PM

Online pet-food seller Chewy Inc. requested a declaration from a Manhattan federal court that it doesn’t infringe four internet-related patents owned by International Business Machines Corp., and argued that IBM engages in overly aggressive licensing practices.

Chewy accused IBM of “seeking exorbitant licensing fees for early Internet patents having no value.” It also said that other web-based companies like Twitter and Airbnb have “basically surrendered and agreed to pay IBM loads of money without an actual trial that tests the patents.”

According to Chewy’s Monday complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, IBM has ...