Newegg Obtains Patent Invalidation in Patent Infringement Lawsuit Brought by Alcatel-Lucent

Submitted by patentadmin on Tue, 10/18/2011 - 00:22

October 17, 2011 - Lucent-Alcatel sued online retailers Newegg Inc. and, Inc. ( for infringing three patents related to e-commerce functionalities that are used by almost every e-commerce website. However, Newegg and Overstock enjoyed unexpected success when a federal jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found that the defendants did not infringe any of the three patents. The jury verdict went a step further and invalidated U.S. Patent no. 5,649,131 (Alcatel's '131 patent) as obvious.

"This is a great day for, and marks the second time we've invalidated key patents asserted against us," said Patrick Byrne, Chairman and CEO, in a press release.

Alcatel previously brought suit against several other retailers, and many settled without going to court - including, Zappos, Sears, Lands' End, Netflix, QVC and Kmart.