Ocado Insists AutoStore Robotic Patents Are Invalid

By Joanne Faulkner (January 6, 2022, 1:03 PM GMT) -- Ocado has insisted that patents held by a Norwegian robotics company protect "obvious" processes and are invalid in the English arm of a long-running intellectual property battle over automated warehouse technology.

Ocado Group PLC and four other units state that the ways in which AutoStore Technology AS' bots move and carry storage containers lack novelty and are not distinct from existing patents. The British online grocery giant set out its views in a High Court update, recently made public, to its grounds of invalidity.

Ocado, which has contracts with British high street chains including Marks & Spencer, argues that AutoStore's patents covering the...

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