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In a Delaware court, Shopify takes on a patent holder with a ‘litigious history’

The online home of Larkspur, Calif.-based Express Mobile looks like a relic from an earlier era of the worldwide web. It offers “mobile app solutions for the enterprise,” but there is little indication the company’s website has been updated since 2015, when the last entry was posted to its sparsely populated corporate news section. Visitors are invited to contact the company, but the form is broken. The only substantial information on the site comes in the form of a list of patents it offers for license.

Over the last four years, Express Mobile has filed dozens of lawsuits in courts on both U.S. coasts demanding compensation, alleging that some of the internet’s most popular website-building platforms have infringed on those patents. Earlier this year, however, Express found itself on the other end of a lawsuit involving a major software firm.

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