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Blue Calypso (BCYP): Enforcing Its Social Media Patent Portfolio


A part of many technology companies’ value is their intellectual property. Blue Calypso’s patent portfolio contains two issued patents and three pending applications that should issue in 2013. Notably, the first of these patents was filed in December of 2004, before Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Groupon, LivingSocial and others became popular, and mobile texting became a regular occurrence. 

Enforcing a Valuable Patent Portfolio

Meanwhile, the company’s three pending applications encompass geo-location enabled coupon redemption and sharing rich media content. These patents combine to create a powerful patent portfolio. With many social media companies utilizing these methods and systems in their daily operations, there is a clear opportunity for patent enforcement. 

On July 31, 2012, the company filed its first patent infringement complaint against Groupon Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) for infringing on its patents 7,664,516 and 8,155,679. Similar patent infringement complaints were filed on August 24, 2012, October 17, 2012, and November 6, 2012against Living Social, Inc., Yelp Inc (NYSE: YELP), IZEA Inc. (OTCQB: IZEA), MyLikes and Foursquare, respectively, setting the stage for potentially significant licensing revenues down the road.

Importance of the Upcoming Markman Hearing

On March 27, 2013, Blue Calypso announced that its patent infringement lawsuit filed on August 24, 2012 against LivingSocial has resulted in a Claim Construction Hearing – or “Markman” hearing – scheduled for August 27, 2013. [1] These hearings can be an important part of a patent case and are designed to determine the scope of the claims in the asserted patents, in other words, the metes and bounds of the claims that will be presented to the jury. 

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