U.S. News | Q Technologies Sues Neutron Holdings for alleged Infringement of Scan to Unlock Patents

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Q Technologies Inc. has filed a lawsuit in the Western District of Texas against Neutron Holdings Inc., doing business as Lime for patent infringement over scan to unlock patents.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant infringed on its patents-in-suit with United States Patent Nos. 9,635,108 (the ’108 patent); 10,567,473 (the ’473 patent); and 10,594,774 (the ’774 patent), both covering “Systems and Methods for Content Sharing Using Uniquely Generated Identifiers”.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendant makes, uses, sells, and offers to sell in the United States products and services, including Lime’s scooter sharing platform and mobile application that incorporate the ‘Scan to Unlock’ feature that infringes Q Technologies’ Asserted Patents.

The patents-in-suit reportedly states “a method for sharing content, comprising: a server, configured to communicate to a first and second client; receiving, at a server, from a first client, a shared content, and a unique identifier generated by a computer application running on the first client or server, for the shared content; wherein the unique identifier comprises one of a QR code, bar code, RFID tag, receiving, at the second client, the unique identifier, from the first client. The server determines that the first client is within a predefined distance from the second (and that) the unique identifier is associated with the shared content.”

According to the lawsuit, Lime’s Scan to Unlock feature allows users to unlock and ride Lime’s fleet of e-scooters and powered bikes via a smartphone app while collecting information such as location, battery information, and operational range which is then shared with a user or rider through a mobile application to determine the specified predetermined distance.

The plaintiff reportedly said the defendant has infringed at least claim 1, 2, 4, 7, 10, 11, 13, and 16 of the ’108 patent via its Scan to Unlock feature.

The plaintiff reportedly sent a cease and desist letter to the defendant to stop the infringing activity but the defendant failed to oblige.

The plaintiff seeks an order adjudging the defendant’s willful infringement; preliminary and permanent injunction; an award for damages, costs, and fees; pre-and post-judgment interest; and other relief.

The case is pending.

Q Technologies, Inc. v. Neutron Holdings, Inc.

Judge: Alan D Albright
Court: Texas Western District Court
Case #: 6:21-cv-00321
Nature of Suit: Patent
Cause: Patent Infringement
Case Filed: Apr 01, 2021
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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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