Honey sued by RetailMeNot for patent infringement

BOULDER — RetailMeNot Inc., an Austin, Texas-based website that helps users save money through digital coupons, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Honey Science Corp., a Los Angeles-based money-saving browser extension that recently opened a Boulder office.

RetailMeNot alleges in its complaint that Honey infringes on four patents that protect RetailMeNot’s developments, according to a statement from the company. It adds that Honey’s unauthorized use of those patents is a key feature of Honey’s website and browser extensions. RetailMeNot’s lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction and damages. The amount of damages is to be determined at trial.

RetailMeNot’s website has been in operation since 2006, and its mobile applications have been in operation since 2012.

“RetailMeNot strives to invent world-class digital technology giving consumers the best possible experiences when using our products online and in-store”  Jonathan Kaplan, chief legal officer and chief compliance officer of RetailMeNot Inc., said in a prepared statement “We are committed to our continued investment of significant resources in protecting the company’s intellectual property through the development of patent and other intellectual-property rights.”

In May Honey announced that it was opening a development office in Boulder and would be hiring 20 back-end engineers in the next year-and-a-half to work on new projects for Honey.

A representative for Honey said the company was reviewing the lawsuit and would later respond with comment. The company was unable to comment by time of publication.