16 January 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Ameranth to press on with mass infringement claims

Internet solutions company Ameranth has been granted an order lifting the stay of more than 30 patent infringement cases, against defendants such as Pizza Hut, Oracle, Starbucks and Dominos.

Only one patent, which covers an information management and synchronous communications system for use in restaurants and more, is asserted in all of Ameranth’s cases. The litigations are ongoing in the US District Court for the Southern District of California.

According to Ameranth, this patent has survived challenges in multiple US Patent Trial and Appeal Board covered business method (CBM) challenges, in “virtually every possible asserted invalidity ground”.

“To the best of Ameranth’s knowledge, the patent is the only patent that has survived such multiple CBM challenges with 100 percent success.”

Vern Yates, chairman and CEO at Ameranth, said: “Ameranth is very pleased that the court has lifted the stay of our patent infringement cases and set a 12-month timeline to begin the infringement trials.”

“For too long, these infringing defendants have been able to unfairly exploit Ameranth’s inventions, without license but now our ‘day in court’ is clearly ahead.”

He added: “We intend to seek full damages for their unauthorised use of our intellectual property.”

Trials against the various defendants will begin within 12 months.

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