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Wikimedia Tells Court It Doesn’t Infringe Predictive Text Patents

March 12, 2020, 2:27 PM

Wikipedia-host Wikimedia Foundation Inc. and the Internet Archive sued predictive-text patent owner WorldLogic Corp., in San Francisco federal court for a declaration that their websites don’t infringe.

Wikimedia and Internet Archive say they filed the suits in response to threats of litigation from WordLogic.

WordLogic owns four related patents covering predictive text. Wikimedia and Internet Archive argued that the relevant parts of the patents are likely invalid, noting one of the patents is under review at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

The plaintiffs also say they don’t infringe the patents even if they’re valid. The complaints say Wikipedia and Internet Archive’s search boxes don’t perform at least one step required by the patents.

Causes of Action: Declaratory judgments of invalidity and noninfringement.

Relief: Declaratory relief, attorneys’ fees.

Response: Contact information for WordLogic wasn’t available.

Attorneys: Greenberg Traurig LLP represents the plaintiffs.

The cases are Wikimedia Found. Inc. v. WordLogic Corp., N.D. Cal., No. 3:20-cv-01756, complaint filed 3/11/20 and Internet Archive v. WordLogic Corp., N.D. Cal., No. 3:20-cv-01758, complaint filed 3/11/20.

To contact the reporter on this story: Blake Brittain in Washington at bbrittain@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rob Tricchinelli at rtricchinelli@bloomberglaw.com; Carmen Castro-Pagan at ccastro-pagan@bloomberglaw.com

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