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Fish Wins Summary Judgment for Travelocity in Texas Patent Infringement Lawsuit

February 25, 2013

Press Releases

Fish Wins Summary Judgment for Travelocity in Texas Patent Infringement Lawsuit

February 25, 2013

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Travelocity wins take-nothing ruling despite expert’s $20 million damage claim

DALLAS – Attorneys from the Dallas office of Fish & Richardson have won a take-nothing summary judgment for firm client Travelocity after successfully defending the popular online travel company against patent infringement claims filed by ICON Internet Competence Network B.V.

Attorney Tom Melsheimer, managing principal of Fish’s Dallas office, led the successful defense of Travelocity along with fellow Fish principal Neil McNabnay.

Southlake, Texas-based Travelocity was sued by ICON on May 27, 2011, based on infringement claims related to U.S. Patent No. 6,002,853 (the ’853 patent). The Netherlands-based ICON claimed Travelocity had infringed the ’853 patent through the company’s searchable online database of available rooms in hotels across the U.S. During the course of the litigation, ICON sought upwards of $20 million in damages.

With the trial’s scheduled start date less than a month away, ICON’s claims were dismissed and the company was awarded nothing. In the final judgment signed Feb. 22, 2013, by Judge Reed O’Connor in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Travelocity was cleared of the patent infringement claims and no damages were awarded against the company.

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