LOS ANGELES – A Chicago corporation alleges social media company Snap Inc., the owners of Snapchat, is using its patented technology.

Vaporstream Inc. filed a complaint on Jan. 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division against Snap Inc., doing business as Snapchat Inc., alleging patent infringement.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that it owns nine patents relating to electronic messaging systems with reduced traceability. The plaintiff holds Snap Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly infringes one or more claims of plaintiff's patents through the use of its Snapchat app.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks enjoin the defendant from further infringing plaintiff's patents, compensatory damages, treble damages, all legal fees plus interest, and any other relief as the court deems just. It is represented by Davida Brook and Meng Xi of Susman Godfrey LLP in Los Angeles and Robert Rivera Jr. and Joseph S. Grinstein of Susman Godfrey LLP in Houston, Texas.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division Case number 2:17-cv-00220-JAK-KS

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