Foursquare Labs, Inc., the company that develops the mobile application Foursquare for checking in to venues, is being sued by a company called Mobile Commerce Framework (MCF). MCF was issued U.S. Patent number 7,693,752. The patent abstract states:
A subscription-based system for providing commerce information for one or more mobile devices for one or more merchants. Some techniques employed feature a subscription-based method for presenting commercial resources to a mobile device. The method involves receiving mobile device user information relating to a geographic location to locate one or more merchants within a subscription-based shopping network, and receiving mobile device user information relating to a merchant type within the subscription-based shopping network. The method also involves receiving, from a database over a communication network, information for one or more merchants associated with the mobile device user information for the geographic location and the merchant type, and presenting the associated merchant information can include a merchant name and address, a merchant telephone number, a merchant advertisement, a merchant coupon, or a merchant product or service offering to subscribers of the shopping network.
MCF claims that Foursquare is infringing its patent by creating and apps that can be used by people to find out information about merchants based on their physical location or through search. MCF wants monetary damages and wants Foursquare to stop distributing infringing products.