One of Canada’s biggest gambling companies is headed to a US court. Geolocation provider GeoComply filed suit against competing geolocation provider, Xpoint, in a Delaware district court, as first reported by SBC Americas.
The lawsuit claims that Xpoint is violating GeoComply’s patented technology, which helps to accurately geolocate online sports betting and casino customers.
GeoComply is the geolocation provider for the overwhelming majority of operators in the US and Canada, however, Xpoint is starting to make a dent in its market share. Its US partnerships that are now live include PlayStar, Mojo, and Sporttrade. The company also works with SkillOnNet in Canada.
In the motion for its suit, GeoComply summed up the situation:
“XPoint’s acts of infringement have caused, and will continue to cause, irreparable harm to GeoComply. GeoComply and XPoint are direct competitors in the market for geolocation and location verification services. As such, XPoint should be enjoined from further infringement of the ’805 Patent. GeoComply has spent valuable resources developing and refining—and patenting—its proprietary platform for reliably and accurately determining the true location of an end-user. Should XPoint continue to commercialize its geolocation technology, GeoComply will be forced to compete against its own patented invention.”
Xpoint issued a statement dismissing the charges as “meritless”. GeoComply also commented on the suit, noting it was not about discouraging competition but about “protecting GeoComply’s proprietary technology.”
GeoComply also filed an expedited motion for discovery, asking for Xpoint to immediately provide its source code. The court denied that motion, but that does not disqualify the issue from being revisited in future discovery discussions.
Xpoint has until Oct. 20 to file its response to the suit.