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.
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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.