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Patent Lawsuit Gets Bad Review and 1 Star on Yelp

Patent Lawsuit Gets Bad Review and 1 Star on Yelp

Broad Patent Could Have Large Impact on Groupon, Foursquare, & Future Developers

This past week, Hothand, an Orange County firm, filed a lawsuit against Groupon and Yelp, alleging that these companies’ mobile shopping apps infringe its location technology.

The patent abstract describes it as: A subscription-based system for providing commerce information for one or more mobile devices for one or more merchants.”  The breadth of this patent could pose an issue to the emerging location-based marketing industry. Hothand received its patent in April of 2010 and has already used it to sue Foursquare, the location-based social networking service.

Steven Daroci

Steven Daroci is a second year student at Fordham Law School. He grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Georgetown University.