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Price f(x) Files Petitions with US Patent and Trademark Office to Invalidate Vendavo’s Patents and Launches a Counter Lawsuit | Business Wire

Price f(x)’s petitions challenge Vendavo’s patents on a variety of grounds, including in all cases that the claims are directed to patent-ineligible abstract ideas (e.g., math for pricing of products), and in many cases that Vendavo simply tried to claim more than it actually invented. The petitions are now pending in the U.S. Patent Office, which should make an initial ruling on Price f(x)’s petitions in approximately six months. Price f(x) is concurrently moving to stay the patent portion of the parties’ litigation on the grounds that it would be wasteful to continue when the Patent Office may simply invalidate all the patents.

In December 2017, Vendavo launched a baseless lawsuit against Price f(x) thus culminating a string of hostile acts, intended to slow down Price f(x)’s dynamic growth and global expansion. Price f(x) has been initially focusing on a more cost-effective strategy of dismissing all the allegations in the early stage of the litigation. Having exhausted the options for an early end, the Company decided to intensify its defense strategy. As part of that, Price f(x) filed a countersuit on November 5th in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, for spying, stealing and misappropriating Price f(x)’s trade secrets. The lawsuit is now pending its first Court hearing in January 2019.

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Price f(x) Files Petitions with US Patent and Trademark Office to Invalidate Vendavo’s Patents and Launches a Counter Lawsuit | Business Wire.

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