Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SFA Systems Sues Google over Sales Force Automation System

Case Filed: Aug 18, 2014

Court: District of Texas

Case Summary:

SFA Systems LLC (SFA), a Texas based company filed a case against Google Inc. (Google), a California based Delaware corporation alleging that the latter has infringed two of their US patents.

Patents in suit:

The patents at issue were: US6067525 entitled ‘Integrated computerized sales force automation system,’ and US7941341 entitled ‘Sales Force Automation System and Method’ issued on May 23, 2000 and May 10, 2011, respectively. The ‘525 patent expires* by Oct 30, 2015 and the ‘341 patent expires* by May 8, 2020. SFA Systems is the current assignee+ of the patents (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). The ‘525 and ‘341 patents relate to an automated sales system which facilitates the sale of an item or service by intelligently integrating into a single system, tools used by a salesperson in the sales process.

As in Complaint:
SFA alleged that Google has directly infringed the ‘525 and ‘341 patents without permission or authority from it. SFA also alleged that Google is involved in various business activities such as making, using, selling, importing, and offering to sell computer implemented sales systems including methods for facilitating processes relating to the sale and provision methods of products and services.
Plaintiff also added that Google’s foregoing acts of infringement were willful and deliberate. Hence SFA is entitled to recovery of past damages, at a minimum, a reasonable royalty along with interests and costs.

Other Cases Filed:
SFA filed cases against defendants including Certona Corporation, Dell, Inc., The Walt Disney Company, Groupon, Inc., Hotels.Com, L.P., Netflix, Inc., and Yahoo Inc., on the same day in the U.S. District court of Texas.
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* Expected expiration date. Patent Term Estimator is a free web-based tool that automatically calculates patent terms and expiration dates for U.S. utility patents.

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