Apple and HP have been slammed with a patent infringement lawsuit pertaining to their online retail stores.

A Texas company called Clear With Computers is suing the tech firms over the way their online stores work, claiming inventory and ordering systems infringe on patents held by the Texas firm, patents 5,615,342 and 5,367,627.

These basically explain a system in which customers sign into an electronic system and "build a list of products or parts from a form". The database can also be updated by the host company, reports 9 to 5 Mac.

Clear With Computers is pushing for a jury trial and wants damages and an injunction to force Apple and HP to stop using the technologies described. The company has filed suit in the infamous Texas Eastern Court, which has a reputation for favouring patent holders.