A case started in an Illinois district court accusing Hewlett Packard and a number of other large US corporations of breachinq a patent.
The patent – 5,592,375 – is wittily titled Computer-Assisted System for Interactively Brokering Goods or Services between Buyers and Sellers and registered to Trunquate LLC.
Trunquate alleges that Hewlett Packard, Aramark Corp, Best Buy, Dow Chemical, Hyatt Corp, Merck & Co, Realmatch Inc, Taleo Corp, United Airlines and Whirlpool Corp all breach this patent.
The case against HP is similar to the case against the other defendants. The writ says HP infringements include using an enterprise resource planning and/or talent acquisition system used for the recruitment, promotion and hiring of employees, including at least the Taleo computer implemented system for assisting with an employer’s hiring decision from among a pool of candidates.
Trunquate wants a jury to decide all the defendants breach its patent and give it heaps of cash.