Innoviti Sues Pine Labs For IPR Infringement
Innoviti has filed a suit for infringement against Pine Labs Pvt. Ltd. before the Hon’ble City Civil Court, Bangalore.
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Leading payments solution provider, Innoviti today announced that it has now begun legal enforcement of its patent rights, in view of several instances of commercial organizations in India being involved in selling/offering for sale payment products that may infringe on Innoviti’s patent for the payments processing technology that enables UPI payments at retail POS terminals.
Innoviti has filed a suit for infringement against one such entity, Pine Labs Pvt. Ltd. before the Hon’ble City Civil Court, Bangalore, and has been granted an ex-parte ad interim injunction against them w.e.f. 16th of July,2019. This, with immediate effect, prevents Pine Labs from manufacturing, selling, distributing, advertising, exporting, offering for sale, procuring and dealing with this technology through its Plutus Smart or any other device in India.
Innoviti’s invention for payments processing using transaction-specific dynamic-QR technology has been granted a patent by the Indian Patent Office, with patent rights in force till March 29, 2037. This transaction-specific dynamic-QR technology enables processing of payments using UPI, Bharat QR, and other QR-based payment forms through the same point-of-sale POS devices that are normally used for accepting credit/debit card payments. Innoviti has already licensed this technology to several partner financial organizations and is currently in discussion with more.
In everyday life, consumers normally come across a specific implementation of this transaction-specific dynamic-QR technology when they pay for purchases at a retail store via a UPI or Bharat QR payment app on their mobile phone. The transaction involves scanning a dynamically generated QR-code from the display screen of a regular credit/debit card POS terminal. Once scanned, the POS terminal automatically initiates a payment authorization request on the user’s mobile app, which in turn results in a UPI-payment charge-slip being printed and/or confirmatory SMS being generated.
Compared to static QR based payments that have been in use, the use of transaction-specific dynamic QR codes enables more frictionless, less error-prone cashier-customer interaction as well as enhanced payment reconciliation leading to better fraud control and more secure transaction processing. Unlike a single static printed QR code being used across all transactions at a merchant, the dynamic QR is generated uniquely for each individual payment transaction. Apart from payee merchant identity, it encapsulates vital additional data like the amount of purchase and a unique payment transaction id which automatically ensures a one-to-one linkage between a unique payment request and its corresponding payment receipt.
Innoviti is backed by marquee investors including Catamaran Ventures, SBI Ven Capital, Singapore and Bessemer Venture Partners, USA.