According to an article by Peter M. Zollman for aimgroup.com, a federal court judge in Seattle has given Trulia permission to continue posting real estate price estimates to its site, deferring action on a patent-infringement lawsuit by Zillow.
The two companies have been litigation since September of last year, whether Zillow should own a patent on its “Zestimates” system of real estate valuations. Zillow (Nasdaq: Z) sued Trulia (NYSE: TRLA); Trulia has countered that real estate valuation is an idea that can’t be patented.
In an 18-page ruling issued Oct. 7, Judge James L. Robart of the federal court Western District in Washington state stayed the case pending a decision by the Patent and Trademark Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The appeals board has been asked to consider Trulia’s claim that real estate valuation is a “covered business method” and thus can’t be patented.
The two sides have traded 128,774 pages of documents in discovery.
Robart ruled that there are four considerations in determining whether a stay is appropriate, and Trulia’s request for a stay met all four parts of that test.
The above article is a reprint from ‘Zillow Patent Case Against Trulia Stayed’, and it can be found on aimgroup.com by clicking here.
Written by Peter M. Zollman
Peter M. Zollman brings more than 35 years of media experience to his role as founding principal of the AIM Group / Classified Intelligence Report. He has worked with a wide range of media companies, dot-coms, technology providers and start-ups to develop and expand successful interactive-media services. He is based in Altamonte Springs, Fla., near Orlando.