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Walmart Patent Suit Targets BJ’s Self-Checkout App Feature (1)

March 23, 2022, 4:29 PMUpdated: March 23, 2022, 4:53 PM

Walmart Inc. filed a lawsuit alleging the Express Pay function of BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc.’s mobile app infringes four patents for technology that allows shoppers to scan products while in a store and make payments without having to go through a checkout line.

The patents cover Sam’s Club’s Scan & Go, a free feature that launched in 2016, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida by Walmart’s Sam’s West Inc. and Walmart Apollo LLC units. BJ’s, a membership-based big-box store that competes with Sam’s Club, released its app’s ...