Report: Apple, Groupon settle Walker Digital IP suits

Apple and Groupon are said to be on the list of companies that have settled with Walker Digital, a company that launched 15 lawsuits at more than 100 companies earlier this year for allegedly infringing on its intellectual property.

A multimillion-dollar settlement is said to have been reached between Apple, Groupon, and at least one other company in litigation initiated by Walker Digital. earlier this year.

Bloomberg reports that three of 100-plus companies that were targeted in a massive wave of patent infringement litigation back in April have since settled with Walker Digital, in a deal that topped $25 million. Included on that short list are Apple and Groupon, which Bloomberg says reached a deal with Walker Digital to license, and outright purchase, patents from the company.

Groupon spokeswoman Julie Mossler declined to comment, and Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Walker Digital is the founder of Priceline.com and has more than 200 U.S. patents in its intellectual-property portfolio. Some of its patents cover things like e-commerce, private social-networking communications, online auctions, and a driving-directions tool with visual cues. In April, with 15 lawsuits, the company took aim at Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and more than 100 other companies for allegedly infringing on key parts of its patent portfolio.

Chairman Walker (Walker Digital's namesake) is named on more than 450 issued and pending U.S. and international patents, the company said in its filings. Through its IP licensing business, the company has said, it generates more than $200 million in licensing revenue from these patents.

Back in January, Walker Digital targeted social-gaming company Zynga and gaming giant Activision Blizzard for infringing on its "Database driven online distributed tournament system" patent. Just months before, it had sued Facebook for its friending mechanism, saying the longstanding feature was infringing on its patent for "establishing and maintaining user-controlled anonymous communications."

 

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