Four U.S. Airlines Sued by Patent Holder
By Phil Milford – Oct 14, 2011 10:19 AM ET
United Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Alaska Air Group were sued by a patent holder over wireless transaction technology for mobile check-in and boarding passes.
Aeritas LLC, a Dallas-based wireless software provider, contends the air carriers are using its inventions protected by patents awarded in 2007 and 2011, according to four federal court complaints filed yesterday in Wilmington, Delaware.
“Aeritas has suffered monetary damages in an amount adequate to compensate for defendants’ infringement, but in no event less than a reasonable royalty,” wrote lawyers for the patent holder, who also seek a jury trial and a halt to the airlines’ use of the inventions.
Trebor Banstetter, a Delta spokesman, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on the lawsuit. Spokesmen for United Continental and Alaska Air were not immediately available for comment.
The cases are Aeritas v. United Airlines Inc., 1:11-cv- 00970; Aeritas v. Continental Airlines Inc.; Aeritas v. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL); and Aeritas v. Alaska Air Group Inc. (ALK), U.S. District Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).
To see the patents, click 7,933,589 and 7,209,903.
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