loopt Illinois based Earthcomber has filed a suit in the US District Court against Loopt and the popular TechCrunch blog for ‘patent infringement’.

It seems that TechCrunch is part of the lawsuit because they have either written about Loopt in the past or Loopt is a sponsor/advertiser on TechCrunch.

Here’s an excerpt from the complaint that was filed by the lawyers of Earthcomber against Loopt and TechCrunch:

  • Plaintiff EARTHCOMBER is the owner of United States Patent No. 7,071,842 (the ‘842 Patent’).
  • Defendant LOOPT has infringed and continues to infringe the ‘842 Patent by making, using, selling and/or offering for sale products and/or methods covered by one or more claims of the ‘842 Patent without Plaintiff EARTHCOMBER’s authorization in violation of 35 U.S.C. § 271(a).
  • Defendant TECHCRUNCH has actively induced and contributed to the infringement of the ‘842 patent in violation of 35 U.S.C. § 271(b) and (c).

I am sure Arrington would soon publish the ‘threat letter’ and his take on on TechCrunch but until then, you can download a full copy of the complaint here.