Period complicated for Airbnb: after the slip of the listing and a significant decline in profits (both caused by coronavirus) here’s yet another tile. This time it speaks, however, of patents: to point the finger at the group is IBM, accusing him of violation of the four intellectual properties.

IBM vs Airbnb: four patents on the plate

Big Blue will bring the platform in the court, after having tried for six years (he says without success) to adopt an agreement to put an end peacefully to each other. These technologies, according to IBM, which is essential for building the business of Airbnb and related functions such as “displaying advertisements in an interactive service” or “improvements to the navigation by using the favorites”. In short, innovations that today seem to belong to a bygone era of the online world. This is the declaration of the company entrusted to the press overseas.

After almost six years of fruitless discussions with Airbnb in order to reach a license agreement is reasonable and fair for the exploitation of the patents, we do not have alternatives to legal routes to protect the dirittu on our intellectual property. Airbnb has chosen to ignore our patents, and use our technology without any compensation to you.

The replication of the counterparty did not have to wait. Short, but pretty clear.

We think that this case has no merit and we look forward in anticipation of a verdict that can confirm it.

Big Blue, and intellectual property

The portfolio of patents controlled by IBM is huge. It is sufficient to think that for 27 consecutive years was the us company with more intellectual property attributed. One of those cited in the case against Airbnb is the 7.072.849 filed initially in 1988 at the USPTO (the Prodigy), which speaks of a “way of displaying advertising in an interactive service provided by a computer network”. In other words, a form of advertising.

The same document has already been useful in 2018 to get an agreement from 57 million dollars with another online platform, Groupon. The other $ 36 million were achieved in 2013 by Twitter with a close up of the hand that covered intellectual property. Also the social network was then about to go public on the stock exchange. Not a coincidence, according to professor Robin Feldman of UC Hastings College of the Law.

The time that precedes an IPO is perfect to put pressure on a company and quickly reach an agreement.

According to a study conducted in 2015 by the Stanford Technology Law Review, the interviewing of the 52 u.s. companies listed, of which 40% said they had received a request of this type just before you enter the stock market.