Welcome Real-time, a leading provider of loyalty software for smart cards, launched proceedings against Catuity Inc, CAT (its R&D development subsidiary) and CiT being another company in the Catuity Group for infringement of its smart card loyalty system patent. The action has been filed in Australia where Catuity’s software development is located.
Proceedings request that the court order Catuity to pay damages for the infringing activity, grant an injunction to restrain the use of the patented operation and supply of hardware and software, the use of which would involve infringing activity, order Catuity to deliver up all materials in its possession, the use of which would be a breach of those injunctions and pay Welcome Real-time’s costs.
Aneace Haddad, President & CEO of Welcome Real-time, said, “We are absolutely committed to protecting our intellectual property. Catuity has been aware of our patent claims since early 1999 and has chosen to ignore our intellectual property rights. At this point, we had no alternative but to bring this action.”
The suit charges infringement of one of Welcome Real-time’s Australian patents that broadly covers the emerging use of smart cards to deliver, store and process frequent shopper incentives. The patent covers the subject matter of Welcome Real-time’s French patent, filed in early 1996. In addition to Australia, Welcome Real-time’s extensive smart card loyalty patent portfolio covers numerous other regions, including the US, Europe and Asia.
About Welcome Real-time
Welcome Real-time is a leading provider of marketing software and services to drive consumer behavior across the online, offline and mobile worlds. The company’s software leverages the banking industry’s emerging smart card infrastructure to create a cross platform electronic promotion infrastructure.
Customers use their smart payment cards to store and process frequent shopper incentives at merchant payment terminals, web sites, mobile phones, set top boxes and vending machines.
Welcome Real-time is headquartered in Aix-en-Provence, France. Management includes smart card marketing pioneers who have been running electronic cash programs since 1987 and smart card electronic couponing applications as early as 1993. The company has delivered its software on close to 4 million smart cards used by specialty retailers, airlines, movie theaters, quick service restaurants and supermarkets. Welcome Real-time has been granted several patents covering smart card based electronic couponing.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.welcome-rt.comDetails