Smarter Agent to sue Zillow, Trulia and others

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.


  1. Robert Parker February 26, 2014 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Dear Sir,
    With Zillow advertising on National TV. I’m concerned that they are way off on the value of my home. It’s obvious that they are clueless in property values. Yet it causes me stress to know a company can put up a false value on my home publically. What can a homeowner do????

    • Victor Lund March 2, 2014 at 7:56 am - Reply

      You can’t do much. Zillow publishes their accuracy information on their sit. There is little correlation between zillow and sale price. Always call a REALTOR(r) when you list your home.

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