Starbucks faces lawsuit over its mobile payments app - Mobile World Live

Starbucks faces lawsuit over its mobile payments app

16 JAN 2012

A semiconductor firm has filed patent lawsuits against Starbucks over its popular mobile payments application. According to, the patents are owned by the chipset firm Maxim Integrated and “describe mobile payment actions”. One patent issued in 1997 describes a means “for enabling a user to fill a portable module with a cash equivalent and to spend the cash equivalent at a variety of locations”. There are also three other patents which Maxim claim have been infringed. In addition to Starbucks it is pursuing its claim against Expedia, the travel website, and Capital One, the financial institution. The coffee chain’s app has proved popular in the US where it processed 26 million transactions in its first year. The app enables users to pay for their coffee and collect reward points. 


Richard Handford

Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including...

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