iphoneSmarter Agent, provider of mobile search services for the real estate industry filed a law suit on March 26, 2010 in Delaware District Court to sue the following companies for infringement of their patent 35:271.

Boopsie Inc.
Classified Ventures LLC
Hotpads Inc.
IDX Inc.
RealSelect Inc.
Primedia Inc.
Consumer Source Inc.
Zillow Inc.
ZipRealty Inc.
Multifamily Technology
Solutions Inc. dba MyNewPlace
TRSoft Inc. dba Planetre

While our sources tell us that the law suit may not hold up in court, the attention the law suit will likely create for Smarter Agent may be worth it for them.

According to their website,  Smarter Agent says “Our mobile platform is the first that runs Downloadable, WAP/Browser and
Text applications on every carrier. Most of us are new to mobile lingo,
so for reference, downloadable applications are more robust and let you
do more than WAP/Browser and Text applications.”

It is important to note that browser-based applications like VoicePad,
Kurio and Goomzee, some of the most popular applications for MLSs today are currently NOT included in the suit.  We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about the details of the claims of the filing.