Shopify Successfully Reverses $40 Million Verdict in Web-Technology Patent Case

Shopify, the Canadian e-commerce giant, has secured a pivotal win as a Delaware federal court overturned a jury's ruling demanding $40 million in damages for alleged patent infringement concerning website-building technology.

Following a decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Andrews on Friday, it was determined that the evidence presented did not substantiate the jury's claims of Shopify violating patents owned by Express Mobile, a patent-holding company.

Express Mobile, holding patents linked to internet and mobile technology developed by former IBM engineer Steven Rempell, initiated the lawsuit against Shopify in 2019. The accusation centered on Shopify's website-building tools allegedly infringing on patents related to mobile content delivery software.

Express Mobile, known for targeting multiple tech companies for patent infringement, including Google, Meta, and Amazon, had previously won a $40 million judgment against Shopify. However, Judge Andrews declared the verdict invalid, citing a lack of proof that any Shopify merchant had enabled the features allegedly breaching Express Mobile's rights.

This significant legal victory for Shopify marks a crucial step in the ongoing battle against patent trolls. The case, titled Shopify Inc v. Express Mobile Inc, was heard in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware under case number 1:19-cv-00439.