Yahoo has been slapped with a patent lawsuit, accusing the portal giant of stealing universal shopping cart technology developed by an independent inventor.
The writ was issued by SBH, which represents inventor, Juliette Harrington. She holds a patent, issued in April 1999, for technology that enables online consumers to use a universal shopping cart to select products and services from multiple sites but pay at one location.
And Steven Shuver, SBH's president, claimed that Yahoo's universal shopping cart facility was technically the same as Harrington's invention, which was patented before Yahoo introduced the cart service on its retail site.
He continued that the lawsuit was issued after talks, which began in July, failed to persuade Yahoo to license Harrington's technology. "We have never sued anyone before but we were forced into a corner. We have made every attempt to negotiate with Yahoo, but the company refuses to admit it is infringing the patent, and no proof to the contrary has been provided," he added.
The lawsuit follows a recent spate of litigation between online retailers over alleged copying of functionality. Last month Amazon.com accused arch rival Barnesandnoble.com of "meticulously" copying its 1-Click feature, which enables consumers to shop without going through multiple steps or have to reenter their shipping and billing information each time they buy. US online retailer, Priceline.com, is also suing Microsoft for allegedly copying an auction facility.
But Shuver claimed that SBH's case was different because the patent covers a technology rather than an architecture.
Yahoo refused to comment on the lawsuit, but Shuver said by law it had 60 days to respond to the allegations.
V3 puts the pro-level football GPS tracker through its paces, and asks if it's more than a gimmick
Finding refutes many earlier studies that suggest that galaxies don't have much dark matter at the time of their birth
Boris the robot outed as man in rented robot suit
Mission will provide vital data about the performance of rocket, spacecraft, autonomous docking system and the landing system