Shopify wins reversal of $40 mln web-technology patent verdict

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Shopify wins reversal of $40 :  The Canadian e-commerce behemoth Shopify won a $40 million verdict for patent infringement in a website-building technology case that was overturned by a federal court in Delaware.

 U.S. District Judge Richard Andrews, on Friday, overturned the jury’s verdict that Shopify had violated patents owned by Express Mobile. The reversal was due to a lack of evidence. Shopify had been accused of infringing on Express Mobile’s patents with its website-building tools. Express Mobile, founded by Steven Rempell, a former IBM engineer with patents in internet and mobile technology, has also sued Google, Meta, and Amazon for patent infringement.

 In 2019, Express Mobile sued Shopify, asserting that the website builder infringed on its mobile content delivery technologies patents. Google, Meta, and Amazon are the other internet behemoths the company has sued for patent infringement.

 In a patent infringement case last year, a federal jury awarded Express Mobile $40 million against Shopify. Judge Andrews reversed the decision, finding no proof that any Shopify merchant had actually used the functionalities claimed to infringe on Express Mobile’s patents.

 A representative from Shopify celebrated the ruling as “a significant victory in the battle against patent trolls,” drawing attention to the persistent problem of patent-holding corporations prioritizing financial gain through litigation over innovation.

 Express Mobile’s counsel did not respond to requests for comment following the verdict. The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware heard the case, officially known as Shopify Inc v. Express Mobile Inc., under case number 1:19-cv-00439.

 This landmark decision marks a significant stride in the technology sector’s ongoing struggle against patent litigation. Numerous patent holders initiate lawsuits against other companies, alleging patent infringement. This ruling not only spares Shopify a substantial penalty but also sets a precedent for oth

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