CEATS Flying High, Continental Airlines
Grounded, According to Patent Calls’ Research
Independent Research Firm Releases Its Findings in CEATS, Inc. v. Continental Airlines
April 20, 2010 09:23 AM Eastern Daylight Time
AUSTIN, Texas--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Continental Airlines is in the hot seat for allegedly infringing
patents owned by CEATS, Inc. in the complaint filed by CEATS against Continental Airlines on April 5, 2010.
CEATS (CyberSEATS for Entertainment Arts Travel Sports) is accusing Continental Airlines of infringing five
patents that pertain to a system and method for selecting, reserving or displaying seats for customer purchase.
Report Finds Continental, Others Likely Infringing
Patent Calls conducted an independent analyst report on one of the key patents involved in the complaint, US
Patent 7,454,361 (‘361), and found that not only is Continental apparently infringing the elements of the ‘361
patents claims but smartphone and computer manufacturers are likely doing the same.
“While it may be apparent that websites that let a user select the seats that they purchase potentially infringe the
CEATS patent, some smart cell phones potentially infringe as well,” said Ruben DeLeon of the DeLeon Law Group
in a comment to Patent Calls. DeLeon Law Group has no ties to the pending litigation.
Key Findings of the Report Include:
l The ‘361 patent claims are broad and relate to interactively selecting event seats over the Internet.
l Continental Airlines and JetBlue are making use of the ‘361 patent because they allow customers to purchase
tickets from their website and then select specific seats.
l Southwest Airlines does not offer the option to select a specific seat and therefore does not infringe the ‘361
l Smart cell phone manufacturers such as Blackberry are likely infringing the ‘361 patent because of their use of
a trackball to select specific seats, while the popular Apple iPhone does not.
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