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IBM Sues Airbnb for Patent Royalties on E-Commerce Technologies

March 11, 2020, 8:18 PM

Airbnb built its business on the back of IBM’s e-commerce inventions without permission, infringing four patents, the tech giant claims.

  • IBM sued Airbnb and is seeking a court order blocking further unauthorized use of its inventions
  • “After six years” of failed negotiations for a cross-license of patents with Airbnb, “enough is enough,” IBM said in the complaint, filed Wednesday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware; IBM has cross-licenses with “dozens of similar companies” including Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook
  • Two of the four patents in the case were among those a Delaware jury in 2018 found...

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