December filings continued to be happily slow. Frequent filers included e.Digital, Hawk Technology, Internet Medial Interactive, Phoenix Licensing, Reflection Code, Rothschild entities, Shipping & Transit, and Symbology.

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Hawk Technology Systems, LLC v. Idaho Power Company, (D. Idaho; E.D. Wis; N.D. Ind.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Candy W. Dale; Magistrate Judge William E Duffin

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Idaho Power Company
  • Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc.
  • Instant Auto Finance Inc.

Plaintiff: Hawk Technology Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Lockridge Grindal Nauen; Moffatt Thomas; Media Litigation Firm; and Cohen & Malad

Patent: RE 43,462 (Video monitoring and conferencing system).

Phoenix Licensing, LLC et al v. Social Finance, Inc. et al, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap; Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Social Finance, Inc.
  • SoFi Lending Corp.
  • Allied Cash Advance
  • Axcess Financial
  • Check ‘N Go
  • Bluestem Brands, Inc.
  • Fingerhut
  • Cable ONE Inc.
  • Exede Internet
  • ViaSat, Inc.
  • Frontier Communications Corporation
  • Granite Bay Acceptance, Inc.
  • Marlette Funding LLC
  • National General Holdings, Corp.
  • National General Insurance Company
  • National General Insurance Group
  • Subaru of America, Inc.
  • Audi of America, Inc.
  • Volkswagen Credit
  • Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
  • Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Plaintiffs:

  • LPL Licensing, LLC
  • Phoenix Licensing, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Capshaw DeRieux; and Russ August & Kabat

Patents: 5,987,434 (Apparatus and method for transacting marketing and sales of financial products); 6,999,938 (Automated reply generation direct marketing system); 7,890,366 (Personalized communication documents, system and method for preparing same); 8,234,184 (Automated reply generation direct marketing system); 8,352,317 (System for facilitating production of variable offer communications); 8,738,435 (Method and apparatus for presenting personalized content relating to offered products and services); 7,860,744 (System and method for automatically providing personalized notices concerning financial products and/or services); 8,606,632 (System, method, and computer program product for selecting and presenting financial products and services); and 7,856,375 (Customized communication document creation system and method).

Geographic Location Innovations LLC v. AutoNation, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • AutoNation, Inc.
  • Discount Tire Co. d/b/a Discount Tire d/b/a America’s Tire
  • Dollar Tree Stores, Inc.
  • Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
  • The Home Depot, Inc.
  • Nordstrom, Inc.
  • Safeway Inc. d/b/a Tom Thumb
  • U-Haul International, Inc.
  • United Parcel Service, Inc.
  • United Parcel Service of America, Inc.

Plaintiff: Geographic Location Innovations LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Kizzia Johnson

Patent: 7,917,285 (Device, system and method for remotely entering, storing and sharing addresses for a positional information device).

e.Digital Corporation v. Utility Associates, Inc., (N.D. Cal.).

Judge: Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Utility Associates, Inc.

Plaintiff: e.Digital Corporation

Pls. Cnsl: Handal & Associates

Patents: 8,306,514 (System and method for managing mobile communications); 8,311,522 (System and method for managing mobile communications); 8,311,524 (System and method for managing mobile communications); 9,002,331 (System and method for managing mobile communications); and 9,178,983 (System and method for managing mobile communications).

Lit v. American Airlines, Inc., (N.D. Ill.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Robert W. Gettleman; Senior District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber; District Judge John Robert Blakey; District Judge John Z. Lee; District Judge Elaine E. Bucklo

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • American Airlines, Inc.
  • Intercontinental Hotels Group Resources Inc.
  • Kraft Heinz Foods Company
  • Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
  • Microsoft Corporation

Plaintiff: Samuel Lit

Pls. Cnsl: Wawrzyn & Jarvis

Patent: 8,793,330 (Information display system and method).

Electronic Communication Technologies, LLC v. Acecom, Inc. d/b/a inksell.com, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap; Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Acecom, Inc. d/b/a inksell.com
  • Action Envelope & Printing Co., LLC
  • com, Inc.
  • Birthday Direct, Inc.
  • com, Inc.
  • com, Inc.
  • Gump’s Holdings, LLC
  • ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
  • Parts Express International, Inc.
  • SuperWarehouse Business Products, Inc.
  • Tea Living, Inc.

Plaintiff: Electronic Communication Technologies, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Ferraiuoli

Patents: 7,319,414 (Secure notification messaging systems and methods using authentication indicia); 7,876,239 (Secure notification messaging systems and methods using authentication indicia); and 9,373,261 (Secure notification messaging with user option to communicate with delivery or pickup representative).

Reflection Code LLC v. Conair Corp., (E.D. Mich.).

Judges: District Judge Terrence G. Berg; Magistrate Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Conair Corp.

Plaintiff: Reflection Code LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Jackier Gould

Patents: 7,963,446 (Bar code device); 8,733,657 (Barcode device); and 8,763,907 (Barcode device).

Shipping and Transit, LLC v. Translogistics, Inc., (W.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Judge: District Judge Lee Yeakel

Defendants:

  • Translogistics, Inc.
  • UTC Overseas, Inc.
  • IQMS
  • KLS Air Express, Inc.
  • Mapbox, Inc.
  • Cerasis, Inc.

Plaintiff: Shipping and Transit, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: OHanianIP

Patents: 6,415,207 (System and method for automatically providing vehicle status information); 6,763,299 (Notification systems and methods with notifications based upon prior stop locations); 6,904,359 (Notification systems and methods with user-definable notifications based upon occurance of events); 7,400,970 (System and method for an advance notification system for monitoring and reporting proximity of a vehicle); and 6,510,383 (Vehicular route optimization system and method).

Express Mobile, Inc. v. Blue Acorn, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap; Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Blue Acorn, Inc.
  • Guidance Solutions, Inc.
  • Coalition Technologies LLC
  • Lyons Consulting Group, LLC
  • Lyons Holding Co. Inc.

Plaintiff: Express Mobile, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Brent Coon & Associates; and Devlin Law Firm

Patents: 6,546,397 (Browser based web site generation tool and run time engine); and 7,594,168 (Browser based web site generation tool and run time engine).

Internet Media Interactive Corporation v. Exelon Corporation, (N.D. Ill.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer; District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Exelon Corporation
  • CDW LLC

Plaintiff: Internet Media Interactive Corporation

Pls. Cnsl: Haller Law; and Noble IP

Patent: 6,049,835 (System for providing easy access to the World Wide Web utilizing a published list of preselected Internet locations together with their unique multi-digit jump codes).

Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC v. ArcSoft, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • ArcSoft, Inc.
  • Edimax Computer Company d/b/a Edimax Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Lorex By FLIR f/k/a Lorex Technology, Inc.
  • LT Security Inc.
  • NETGEAR, Inc.
  • Swann Communications USA Inc.
  • TRENDnet, Inc.
  • Vivotek USA, Inc.

Plaintiff: Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Kizzia Johnson

Patents: 8,204,437 (Wireless image distribution system and method); 8,437,797 (Wireless image distribution system and method); and 8,594,722 (Wireless image distribution system and method).

Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC v. Udemy, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Udemy, Inc.
  • Abaqus Inc. d/b/a myGeoTracking
  • BlueFolder Software, Inc.
  • ClickSoftware Inc.
  • Coresystems AG
  • dESCO LLC
  • ServicePower Inc.
  • Synchroteam

Plaintiff: Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Kizzia Johnson; and Ferraiuol

Patent: 8,856,221 (System and method for storing broadcast content in a cloud-based computing environment); and 7,456,872 (Device and method for embedding and retrieving information in digital images).

Symbology Innovations, LLC v. Circle K Stores, Inc., (M.D. Fla.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Anne C. Conway; Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Kelly; Magistrate Judge Daniel C. Irick; District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza; District Judge Gregory A. Presnell; Magistrate Judge Thomas B. Smith; Magistrate Judge Karla R. Spaulding; District Judge Paul G. Byron; Senior District Judge G. Kendall Sharp

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Circle K Stores, Inc.
  • Darden Corporation
  • Hyatt Corporation
  • Hilton Worldwide, Inc.
  • Disney Enterprises, Inc.
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Mattel, Inc.
  • The Mall at Millenia Promotional Fund, Inc.
  • Bath & Body Works Direct, Inc.
  • Northern Trust Corporation

Plaintiff: Symbology Innovations, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Ferraiuoli

Patents: 7,992,773 (System and method for presenting information about an object on a portable electronic device); 8,424,752 (System and method for presenting information about an object on a portable electronic device); 8,651,369 (System and method for presenting information about an object on a portable device); and 8,936,190 (System and method for presenting information about an object on a portable electronic device).