We are pleased to share the news that e-retailers have won a key patent infringement case dealing with faceted search. A California federal court ruled yesterday that leading ecommerce providers won their case against Kelora Systems LLC, marking a big win for all ecommerce merchants and providers alike. Faceted search is a commonly used feature by ecommerce websites and allows the merchant to create attribute-based filtering resulting in a more interactive user experience.
From Internet Retailer
Kelora, a developer and patent holder of a certain type of site search software, in 2010 filed a patent infringement suit against Newegg, No. 13 in the 2012 Internet Retailer Top 500, Amazon.com Inc. (No. 1), Dell Inc. (No. 5), Office Depot Inc. (No. 6), Newegg Inc. (13), Costco Wholesale Corp. (No. 17), Hewlett-Packard Co. (No. 21), Target Corp. (No. 23), Zappos Inc., eBay Inc. and others for the alleged patent infringement of an application for faceted site search. Faceted search, a feature of many e-retail sites, allows a site visitor to narrow down search results by price, brand, size, color and other parameters.
Kelora sued Newegg and others claiming infringement for patents related to “executing a guided parametric search” and a process for “identifying a single item in a family of items.” But in a 40-page ruling handed down yesterday by Judge Claudia Wilken in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the court declared that Newegg and other big web merchants weren’t infringing on Kelora’s patent. Wiken’s ruling dismissed Kelora’s patent infringement claim as invalid and ruled that defendants in the case may recover their legal fees from Kelora.
Volusion is committed to offering the most innovative capabilities to drive our merchant’s successes. This strong ruling works to ensure that innovation can and will continue in the ecommerce market without the roadblocks of frivolous lawsuits like these.
See the complete ruling here.
Clay Olivier, CEO, Volusion