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When I first heard about this, I brushed it aside. But I keep reading more and more about it including first-hand accounts by "victims."

It seems there is a company that has some patents and they claim anyone selling via a website without a license from them is infringing on their patents.

Apparently the company is selectively and systematically finding websites and suing the owners. Once sued, the website operator has to decide between an expensive legal battle or a settlement. A number of website operators have settled and purchased a license from the company after deciding that was much less expensive than fighting.

The MO seems to be to sue a number of small website operators and use the precedent to go after some of the "big boys" of the Internet.

I also understand this company is or has filed for the same patents in other countries, so it won't be just U.S. website operators that may be impacted.

Like I said above, I first thought this was a hoax or something that would only affect other people, but based on what I have read so far, it seems to present a real threat to small website operators.

Related information can be found at http://www.youmaybenext.com/

ShelbyBoy
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Here is a list of companies known to have been sued:
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PanIP has currently sued 50 small businesses with no end in sight.
The small businesses listed below are being or have been sued by PanIP. If your web site looks or functions anything like those listed below...YOU MAY BE NEXT!

ROUND 1 PanIP LLC v. Dickson Supply Co, et al
• DICKSON SUPPLY COMPANY a New Jersey corporation
www.dicksonsupply.com
• SNOW COUNTRY SKI SHOP a New York corporation
www.snowcountrysports.com
• FURNITURE AND THINGS a Minnesota corporation
www.furnitureandthings.com
• FABRIC DEPOT an Oregon corporation
www.fabricdepot.com
• BACKCOUNTRY EXPERIENCE a Colorado corporation
www.bcexpo.com
• ELECTRONIC EXPRESS a Tennessee corporation
www.electronicsexpress.com
• CP INDUSTRIES a New York corporation
www.thecamerazone.com
• PEEKAY INC a Washington corporation
website unknown
• ABE'S ELECTRONIC CENTER a New York corporation
www.abesofmaine.com
• VIDEO AGE INC a Minnesota corporation
website unknown


ROUND 2 PanIP LLC v. Katco Industries Inc, et al filed 8/30/02
• KATCO INDUSTRIES, INC., a New York corporation
www.cosmeticmall.com
• RIGHT ASCENSION, INC., a Pennsylvania corporation
website unknown
• BRADFORD PUBLISHING COMPANY, a Colorado corporation
www.bradforpublishing.com
• BRINGE MUSIC CENTER, a Florida corporation
www.bringemusic.com
• ABLE SUPPLY COMPANY, an Illinois corporation
www.ablesupply.com
• DELASCO DERMATOLOGIC LAB & SUPPLY, an Iowa corporation
www.delasco.com
• DEBRAND FINE CHOCOLATES, an Indiana corporation
www.debrand.com
• ADVANCED BATTERY SYSTEMS, INC.,a Massachusetts corporation
www.advanced-battery.com
• CHERRY REPUBLIC, INC., a Michigan corporation
www.cherryrepublic.com
• BORDER BOB'S, a Minnesota corporation
www.borderbobsadventures.com


ROUND 3 PanIP LLC v. Beach Photo and, et al filed 9/4/02
• BEACH PHOTO AND VIDEO, a Florida corporation
www.beachphoto.com
• CR MAGNETICS, INC., a Missouri corporation
www.crmagnetics.com
• BURRAGE MUSIC CO., INC., a North Carolina Corporation
www.burragemusic.com
• HOBART SALES AND SERVICES, a Nebraska Corporation
www.friscospices.com
• ALL AMERICAN COLLECTIBLES, a New Jersey Corporation
www.aacsportsmemorabilia.com
• AMERICAN CINEMA EQUIPMENT,INC., an Oregon Corporation
www.cinequip.com
• AMERICAN HEALTH SERVICES, INC.,a Pennsylvania corporation
website unknown
• CAN-DO NATIONAL TAPE, a Tennessee corporation
www.can-dotape.com
• SUPERIOR RECHARGE SYSTEMS, INC., a Texas corporation
website unknown
• ARCADE ELECTRONICS, INC., a Virginia corporation
www.arcade-electronics.com


ROUND 4 PanIP LLC v. Aseptico Inc, et al filed 9/11/02
• ASEPTICO, INC., a Washington corporation
www.aseptico.com
• AMERICAN SCIENCE AND SURPLUS, an Illinois corporation
www.sciplus.com
• CHARLIE'S PASTRIES, INC., a Florida corporation
www.charliespastries.com
• KREG TOOL CO., an Iowa corporation
www.kregtool.com
• ENCORE MUSIC COMPANY, INC., an Indiana corporation
www.encoremusic.com
• DARTMOUTH PHARMACEUTICALS,INC., a Massachusetts corporation
www.ilovemynails.com
• SOLDAN'S FEEDS AND PET SUPPLIES, a Michigan corporation
www.soldanspet.com
• COLORADO ELECTRIC HARDWARE,INC., a Colorado corporation
website unknown
• HOT SHOTS PRODUCTS CO., a Minnesota corporation
website unknown
• RIVER CITY MEAT COMPANY, INC.,a Missouri corporation
www.rivercitymeat.com


ROUND 5 PanIP LLC v. Eagles Wings Inc, et al filed 10-4-02
• EAGLE WINGS, INC., a Florida corporation
www.eagleswings.com
• DENVER FABRICS, an Colorado company
www.denverfabrics.com
• CAFFE VITA COFFEE ROASTING CO, a Washington company
www.cafevita.com
• ROCK VALLEY TRACTOR PARTS., an Iowa Company
www.rvtractorparts.com
• HERD SEEDER COMPANY, INC., an Indiana corporation
www.herdseeder.com
• THREE DOG BAKERY., a Missouri company
www.threedog.com
• CONSOLIDATED LAUNDRY EQUIPMENT, a North Carolina corporation
www.consolidatedlaundry.com
• LACAS COFFEE COMPANY, INC. a New Jersey corporation
www.lacascoffee.com
• THE LITTLE PIE COMPANY., a New York corporation
www.littlepiecompany.com
• DOUBLE "H" WESTERN WEAR, INC.,an Oregon company
www.doublehwesternwear.com


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• DEBRAND FINE CHOCOLATES
• CHARLIE'S PASTRIES, INC
• THE LITTLE PIE COMPANY


I don't know who they are, but they're going after chocolate, pastries, and pies. They're evil and they must be stopped, in the name of sugar junkies everywhere!!!

Kelly
contemplating a bit of sugar overload even as we speak...
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This has apparently got the interest of the Direct Marketing Association. Here's a communication they are distributing:

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Dear DMA Member:

The DMA has received a number of reports indicating that some of our
members have been involved in various legal actions relating to
alleged violations of a patent held by the Divine Corporation
regarding the use of shopping cart technology on Web sites.

The purpose of this e-note is to determine if you have been directly
involved or have some knowledge of this effort.

As you may know, the Divine Corporation has advised several
companies that they have patented the concept of using shopping cart
imagery and technology on Web sites.

We understand that the company has either initiated lawsuits or
threatened to do so for companies engaged in e-commerce that employ
this shopping cart technique. In some cases, Divine has offered to
provide a lifetime license to use the technology for a relatively
modest licensing fee.

We are interested in knowing if you have been directly approached
regarding this issue or if you are aware of any companies that have
been approached.

At this point, The DMA is simply assessing the extent to which this
issue might become an industry-wide concern. If we determine that
there is adequate interest and a significant concern, we would plan
on convening a meeting of interested parties to discuss the
situation further.

If you have any knowledge of this issue that you are comfortable
sharing, please do so by return e-mail.

H. Robert Wientzen
President & CEO
Direct Marketing Association, Inc.
http://www.the-dma.org

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(not a lawyer, not a legal opinion)

I've heard about it too. Didn't know the suits had gone so far however.

There are a great many makers/publishers of shopping cart systems out there (Dansie, Miva, etc). Seems to me if they really think they have leg to stand on they would sue the shopping cart software companies, not the small companies.

Funny too. Big companies like Amazon, Dell and even the U.S. Postal Service (all of which have shopping cart systems) don't appear to have been approached for suit. That can either mean a) they have worked out a deal with the company or b) proves the BS of the suits.

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BTW, whatever happened to the Amazon law suit over one-click ordering? Did it get resolved?
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