Hotels.com Wins Summary Judgement on Civix Patent Suit

Hotels.com LP last Friday recieved a summary judgement from an llinois federal court judge stating it did not infringe on two mapping/database access patents held by Civix. Hotels.com is one of many companies Civix have sued that use location-based search on their websites. Others include:

U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve granted Hotels.com's motion for summary judgment, concluding that the company had not infringed U.S. Patent Numbers 6,385,622 and 6,415,291, which relate to the location-based searches the site's users make when booking hotel rooms.

The suit against Hotels.com (and Yahoo) dates back to 2006 per a blog post at Westerman Hattori Daniels & Adrian.

- Law 360 (registration required)

- Summary Judgement Document at Legal.com

- other APB coverage of Civix

- via reader Robert


Published Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Written by Adena Schutzberg