IBM wants $167M from Groupon over alleged patent infringement

IBM sued deals site Groupon in 2016 over four patents.

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IBM says it’s time for the “new kid on the block” to pay up.

IBM asked a jury on Monday to award the company $167 million in a lawsuit against deals site Groupon for using patented technology without authorization, according to Reuters.

IBM’s lawyer reportedly said in federal court in Delaware that Groupon infringed patents involving e-commerce technology that had already been licensed to Amazon, Facebook and Google for between $20 million and $50 million per company.

“Most big companies have taken licenses to these patents,” said IBM lawyer John Desmarais, according to Reuters. “Groupon has not. The new kid on the block refuses to take responsibility for using these inventions.”

Groupon’s lawyer reportedly argued that IBM exceeded the coverage of its patents and claimed ownership of fundamentals of the internet.

Neither IBM nor Groupon immediately responded to requests for comments.

IBM sued Groupon in 2016 over four patents, including a “single sign in” technology and a system that alleviates server loads. 

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