IBM demands $167 million from Groupon for using its patents
@IBM and @Groupon have been engaged in a legal battle over patents since 2016, with the tech giant accusing the deals website of violating four of its e-commerce IPs without permission. Now, IBM is seeking $167 million from Groupon, telling jurors that other companies like Amazon and Facebook bought licenses to use its technologies for between $20 million to $50 million, while the deals marketplace refuses to do so. “The new kid on the block refuses to take responsibility for the technology it’s using,” IBM lawyer John Desmarais said in a statement. “IBM spends literally billions of dollars every year on research and development to make our lives easier.” Two of the patents involved in the lawsuit are old intellectual properties that came out of the pre-internet Prodigy online service from 80’s. The newest of the bunch is a “single sign on” technology allowing users to log into a website with their Facebook or Google accounts. Groupon lawyer David Hadden argued that the case isn’t valid, because the patents don’t cover the world wide web, because IBM did not invent it.