Autostore loses asrs patent fight against ocado

AutoStore lost its patent infringement lawsuit against British online supermarket group Ocado Group. Both companies develop automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) that operate on similar principles. AutoStore plans to challenge the decision before the full commission, which will review the findings and issue a final verdict in April 2022.

Bad blood

AutoStore filed a petition to review claims 1–23 of Ocado’s U.S. Patent No. 9,796,080 (“the ‘080 patent”) in October 2020. AutoStore lost its request for inter partes review against OCado.

AutoStore vs Ocado

About the companies

Ocado has become one of the largest grocery providers in the world with a market cap of $16 billion. AutoStore customers include retail chains Asda in the UK, Best Buy in the U.S., and Lufthansa in Germany. The ASRS systems from both companies operate on similar storage and retrieval principles.

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