Samesurf takes on Intuit in patent infringement lawsuit over co-browsing technology
A trial filed in Los Angeles, California by Samesurf Inc. accused Intuit Inc. of integrating Samesurf’s patented co-browsing technology into a multitude of Intuit products without permission. In Tuesday’s lawsuit, Samesurf claims Intuit copied its protected intellectual property after engaging in negotiations over a potential partnership that never materialized.
The filing explains that co-browsing technology, also known as synchronized browsing, allows multiple users to share web browsing interactions. Los Angeles-based Samesurf says three of its co-browsing patents describe desirable improvements on existing technology.
Specifically, they “protect sensitive customer data in shared sessions by distinguishing between screen elements classified as ‘shareable web browsing interactions’ and ‘non-shareable web browsing interactions’ for accessing sensitive content such as that credit card and/or social security numbers are “masked” or not made visible to unauthorized parties such as Company agents during shared online interactions,” the complaint states.
The lawsuit details business negotiations between the parties in 2015, including several meetings, bespoke software implementations and technical follow-ups with Samesurf. It also claims to reprint emails informing Intuit of Samesurf’s technology.
Although Samesurf allegedly spent time adding “customized functionality to its own suite of specific on-demand offerings and for Intuit’s specific use”, no business relationship was ever formed. Instead, Samesurf says Intuit took the opportunity to learn Samesurf’s methods.
He then copied Samesurf’s ideas and used them in various Intuit products including TurboTax Live, QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Live, Smartlook and QuickBooks Help, ignored his patents and ultimately left Samesurf with no choice but to sue for patent infringement, the complaint states.
The case records three infringement actions corresponding to each of Samesurf’s three patents and seeks damages for willful infringement. Samesurf is represented by McKool SmithPC