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Wireless real estate service sues competitor

PocketMLS claims Pocket Real Estate infringes patent

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The makers of PocketMLS, a wireless real estate listings and alerts service, have sued a competitor on claims that its wireless real estate product infringes a PocketMLS patent on such services. Cupertino, Calif.-based BayNet World this month filed the patent infringement lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Hand e Corp., which makes the Pocket Real Estate wireless product. Pocket Real Estate is a software application for handheld devices that enables agents to synchronize MLS data for mobile access to listings. The lawsuit targets the Pocket Real Estate wireless service, which allows for MLS updates to wireless-enabled handheld computers and compatible mobile phones. The complaint alleges that Pocket Real Estate infringed BayNet's patent issued in November 2002. The patent describes a system through which users of wireless-equipped portable computing devices, such as a personal digital assistant, can perform searches in a database such as an MLS database for listings of proper...