U.S. News | Bed Bath & Beyond Sued for Infringing E-Receipt Processing System Patent

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eCeipt LLC has filed a lawsuit in the Western District of Texas against Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. (BB&B) for patent infringement.

eCeipt LLC alleges that the defendant infringed on one of its patents by copying and using methods for processing receipts that obtain transaction data from a point-of-sale without permission.

eCeipt reportedly said that it owned the patent “Receipt Handling Systems, Print Drivers and Methods Thereof” which has been registered and was issued in 2014 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

According to eCeipt, the patented method provides multiple technological advantages by allowing the automation of further tasks, such as assigning an email template based on the data file transmitted to the server and sending an e-mail to the correct customer e-mail address.

The plaintiff alleges that BB&B’s sales receipt processing performs each step as eCeipt’s patented method in the sense that BB&B sales receipt gets transaction and image data from a location POS, extract the customer’s email address from an information database and request the customer to either receive a printed or an emailed receipt. Upon selection, the image and transaction data is transmitted to a server in communication with the point-of-sale system, generates a data file, assigns an email template, and sends an e-mail to the correct customer email address.

The plaintiff alleges that the infringement has caused lots of damages, confusion, and unfair competition.

eCeipt seeks an adjudication that BB&B has infringed on its patent, a damages award, and its litigation costs and fees.

The case is ongoing.

eCeipt LLC v. Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc.

Judge: Alan D Albright
Court: Texas Western District Court
Case #: 6:20-cv-00752
Nature of Suit: Patent
Cause:  Patent Infringement
Case Filed: August 19, 2020
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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