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MLSs, Realtor associations pitch in $7.5M for patent license

Patent holder CIVIX has lawsuit pending against Trulia
Published on Aug 17, 2011

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Multiple listing services and Realtor associations now have blanket protection from legal claims by a company that holds several patents on location-based Internet search techniques, after the National Association of Realtors raised $7.5 million in licensing fees by Tuesday's deadline.

Alexandria, Va.-based CIVIX-DDI LLC has filed patent infringement lawsuits against a number of companies that offer location-based search capabilities to consumers -- including two of the nation's largest MLSs: Chicago-based Midwest Real Estate Data LLC (MRED) and Rockville, Md.-based Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS). After filing counterclaims against CIVIX, MRED and MRIS both elected to settle out of court.

When CIVIX began sending other MLSs letters demanding that

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