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Groupon files patent suit against IBM

GrouponInc. filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against InternationalBusiness Machines Corp.

In a suit filed May 9 with the U.S. District Court for the NorthernDistrict of Illinois, Eastern Division, Groupon claimed that IBM's WebSphereCommerce platform infringed on a patent for technology that lets businessessolicit customers in real time based on their current location, activity andinterests.

Groupon, which is demanding a trial by jury on all claimsand issues, is also seeking an injunction against further infringement anddamages.

IBM had filed a patent-infringement against Groupon in March.

Meanwhile, an IBM spokesman said the suit lacks merit,Reuters reported May 9.