GoDaddy joins the likes of Google and Yahoo as defendants in cloud storage patent troll lawsuits.
A non-practicing entity, a.k.a. patent troll, has filed a lawsuit against GoDaddy for allegedly infringing some of its cloud storage patents.
The suit, filed yesterday in Federal District Court in Texas, claims that GoDaddy infringed two of Titanide Ventures, LLC’s patents (pdf).
It claims that GoDaddy’s Online File Storage and Photo Album violate U.S. patents 6,714,968 and 6,735,623.
Last month Titanide filed suits against Google, Yahoo, HP, and Box for violating the same patents.
The Go Daddy Group has a large patent portfolio to use for defensive purposes. It has successfully used its patents to settle a suit brought by Web.com in the past. But patent challenges from trolls are difficult to defend against since it’s unlikely the troll is infringing any of the defendant’s patents. After all, it doesn’t really offer any products or services that could be infringing.
Update: here’s a comment from GoDaddy:
“We have not yet been served with a complaint in this matter, but should we receive proper service, we will certainly defend the case vigorously. We typically don’t comment on the specifics of pending litigation, but in our view, it is highly unlikely we infringed the plaintiff’s patents.”
Stewart J. Womack
Assistant General Counsel
Go Daddy Operating Company, LLC