Apple and Paypal are being taken to town on a patent dispute from a gruesome twosome going by Efficient Online Purchasing and Cordance Corporation. Seller of pants Victoria’s Secret is also in the firing line.
The patent in question is 6,757,710 which refers to an “automated communications system” which “operates to transfer data, metadata and methods from a provider computer to a consumer computer through a communications network.” In other words Cordance and Efficient are cheesed off because they believe the defendants have infringed on one-click payments. Cordance was once known as OneName Corporation, but it got TwoNames after it declared bankruptcy in 2003 and went to the deed poll.
“Apple has infringed, and continues to infringe, literally or under the doctrine of equivalents, the ‘810 patent, at least by implementing its iTunes purchasing platform,” the prosecution says.
Likewise, PayPal is allegedly infringing through its “Check-out with PayPal” purchasing platform, says the plaintiff. Victoria’s Secret’s “1-step express checkout functionality” is similar and equally damaging.
Cordance and Efficient suggest that all involved have inflicted substantial money damages. So, of course, they’d like some damages, as well as costs and “post-judgment interest,” basically anything they can get their hands on. The two companies put it to the courts that all involved were knowingly and willfully infringing on patents and want to be compensated accordingly.
We guess that there are swathes of other companies using similar one-click payment options that similarly would allegedly inflict on the patent, but Apple, PayPal and Victoria’s Secret certainly have deep pockets.