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Mystery Company Files Patent Lawsuit Against Seattle, Sacramento Over PayByPhone Technology – GeekWire

The City of Seattle has been using PayByPhone for parking since 2013. (GeekWire Photo/Todd Bishop)

The company, which is registered with Virtual Mailbox in Seattle’s University District, was awarded three parking technology patents that predated the iPhone four months ago, and one of those patents is the city of Seattle. I am using it as the basis for a lawsuit against the City of Sacramento. Mobile his parking and payment technology from PayByPhone Technologies Inc. based in Vancouver, BC.

RanaVerde Tech Initiative LLC, which was incorporated in Washington State in February 2021, filed nearly identical lawsuits on July 30 in federal courts in Seattle and Sacramento, accusing each city of U.S. Patent No. 7839302, “Vehicle Parking Assist Electronic Timer.” systems and methods.”

The US Patent and Trademark Office granted the patent in November 2010, according to USPTO records.

The patent is one of three listings listing Staniszewski as an inventor assigned to the RanaVerde Tech Initiative in April of this year. The lawsuit calls them “basic patents in the field of electronic parking assistance.”

Potential implementations of the technology, as cited in the patent application, include an “electronic timer device and associated base unit” to remind someone of the rules for parking on both sides of the street. or warn you when your parking meter is about to run out. expires.

PayByPhone app features include the ability to pay for parking in specific blocks or parking lots, and receive notifications when your parking is about to expire.

The City of Seattle has used PayByPhone technology since 2013. A representative for the city’s attorney’s office said the city could not comment on the pending lawsuit. Attorneys for the city of Sacramento had not received the lawsuit as of Wednesday.

PayByPhone Technologies, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Financial Services AG, says its technology is available in about 1,300 cities and is used to process more than $740 million in mobile payments annually. PayByPhone is mentioned in a lawsuit filed by RanaVerde Tech, but the company has not been named as a defendant.

State records list Brandon Carruthers as a registered agent and board member of the RanaVerde Tech Initiative. It is not clear if Carruthers and his RanaVerde are actively involved in developing their own patent-based technology.

Messages to Carruthers and the litigating attorney, Frank M. Washko of Tiburon Intellectual Property PLLC in San Francisco, have not been returned at the time of publication. I also left a message for the original inventor, Staniszewski, to learn more about the history of the patent and his transfer to RanaVerde.