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11 Mar 2022 | 08:34

ITC rejects infringement claims against Ocado for second time

(Sharecast News) - Online grocer Ocado revealed on Friday that the International Trade Commission had rejected 33 claims from fulfilment business AutoStore that it had infringed upon its patents with its proprietary technology. Ocado said all of the claims had now been rejected for a second time or abandoned by AutoStore, while AutoStore's key cavity bot patents, the UK versions of which were the only patents being asserted against Ocado in a High Court case starting next week, were all found to be invalid. A fourth, unrelated, patent was also held not to be infringed.

The London-listed group stated it would continue to actively pursue its claims against AutoStore for infringement of its own IP rights in both the United States and Europe, including its antitrust "Walker Process" claim against AutoStore in East Virginia and its infringement of five Ocado patents in New Hampshire.

Ocado anticipates court determinations injuncting AutoStore and awarding it with damages for the company's infringement of its patents.

"All 33 of the patent claims asserted against Ocado have now been confirmed for a second time to be either invalid or not infringed, demonstrating again how misguided AutoStore's complaint has been. The ITC investigation is now at its end," said an Ocado spokesperson.

"We expect further vindication in the High Court in London in the weeks ahead, where AutoStore has already abandoned half of the patents in the case."

As of 0830 GMT, Ocado shares were up 4.48% at 1,235.50p.
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