San Diego-based Ameranth says the U.S. Patent And Trademark Office (USPTO) has concluded its review process of Ameranth’s lead ‘data synchronization’ patent under a second attempt to invalidate it under the Covered Business Method (CBM) review process initiated by many infringing Defendants.
The patent involves mobile ordering.
The Defendants’ petition failed, and all 18 claims of Ameranth’s ‘077 patent were confirmed again to be valid.
Infringing Defendants that have sought to invalidate this now twice-confirmed valid patent in either the first, second or both CBM petitions include, among others, Starbucks, Apple, Grubhub, Hilton, Mobo Systems (OLO), Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Dominos, Living Social- (Onosys), Oracle (Micros), Opentable, Starwood, Expedia, Eventbrite, Marriott, Best Western, Hyatt, Ticketmaster, Stubhub, Fandango, Kayak, Hotel Tonight, Orbitz, Expedia, Agilysis, Hotels.com, UsableNet, Travelocity, Hotwire, Hotels.com, Live Nation and Zomato (Urbanspoon).
Following the pivotal, milestone patent license with Taco Bell and its 6000+ locations in 2014 -which have now rolled out nationwide– Ameranth’s direct ‘data synchronization’ licenses (including industry powerhouses like Xpient, Cardfree, Tillster/EMN8, Monkeymedia, SplickIt, PAR/Brink, RRT, Chownow, Cognizant and others) now number 36 (with dozens of ‘sub-licensees’),-representing/including more than 25 nationally recognized restaurant chains, totaling more than 50,000 deployed locations, which are in various stages of mobile/web roll-outs. Two more of the largest restaurant chains in the world will be rolling out mobile ordering later this year, licensed for Ameranth’s patents.
Further, the trends for greater usage of smart phones for ordering, reservations, waitlists, ticketing and mobile payments will only continue to grow, with corresponding licensing revenue increases for Ameranth, based upon its ‘transaction based’, recurring revenue patent licensing model.
The adoption of Ameranth’s technology by so many industry leaders/chains and the wide acclaim received by Ameranth for its technological innovations are just some of the many confirmations of the breakthrough aspects of Ameranth’s inventions. Ameranth has received twelve different technology awards (three with “end customer” partners) and has been widely recognized as a hospitality wireless/internet technology leader.
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