How Newegg crushed the “shopping cart” patent and saved online retail | Ars Technica

Anyone who visited Soverain Software’s website could be forgiven for believing it’s a real company. There are separate pages for “products,” “services,” and “solutions.” There’s the “About Us” page. There are phone numbers and e-mail addresses for sales and tech support, even a login page for customers. “We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit.”It’s all a sham. Court records show Soverain hasn’t made a sale—ever. The various voice mailboxes were all set up by Katherine Wolanyk, the former Latham & Watkins attorney who is a co-founder and partial owner of Soverain. And the impressive list of big corporate customers on its Web page? Those are deals struck with another company, more than a decade ago.

via How Newegg crushed the “shopping cart” patent and saved online retail | Ars Technica.

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