The NPEs increased their activity a bit in February after a pleasantly slow December and January. The majority of cases continued to be filed by frequent filers, including Hawk Technology, JSDQ Mesh, PanTaurus, Phoenix Licensing and Shipping & Transit.

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T-Rex Property AB v. iPort Media Networks, LLC, (N.D. Ill.; S.D.N.Y.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Amy J. St. Eve; District Judge Edmond E. Chang

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • iPort Media Networks, LLC
  • Destination Media, Inc.
  • Blue Outdoor, LLC

Plaintiff: T-Rex Property AB

Pls. Cnsl: Burke Warren MacKay & Serritella; and Farney Daniels

Patents: 6,430,603 (System for direct placement of commercial advertising, public service announcements and other content on electronic billboard displays); 7,382,334 (Digital information system); and RE 39,470 (Digital information system).

Global Equity Management (SA) Pty. Ltd. v. Expedia.com, (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Expedia.com
  • Hotels.com, LP
  • CruiseShipCenters, LP
  • Expedia, Inc.
  • eBay Inc.
  • Travelocity USA, LP
  • Travago GmbH
  • Expedia, Inc.
  • Orbitz Worldwide, Inc.
  • Hotwire, Inc.
  • TripAdvisor, Inc.
  • Hipmunk, Inc.

Plaintiff: Global Equity Management (SA) Pty. Ltd.

Pls. Cnsl: Laminack Pirtle and Martines; and Ramey & Schwaller

Patent: 6,690,400 (Graphic user interface for resources management of super operating system based computers).

Personalized Media Communications, LLC v. Funai Electric Co., Ltd. (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.

Plaintiff: Personalized Media Communications, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Capshaw DeRieux; Kheyfits PC; and Susman Godfrey

Patents: 7,747,217 (Signal processing apparatus and methods); 7,752,649 (Signal processing apparatus and methods); 7,752,650 (Signal processing apparatus and methods); 7,856,649 (Signal processing apparatus and methods); 8,675,775 (Signal processing apparatus and methods); and 8,711,885 (Signal processing apparatus and methods).

Shipping and Transit, LLC v. eBuys, Inc., (C.D. Cal.; S.D. Fla.; N.D. Cal.; S.D.N.Y.; D. Utah) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement; Declaratory Judgment

Judges: District Judge Kenneth A. Marra; Magistrate Judge James M. Hopkins; District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg; Magistrate Judge Dave Lee Brannon; District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas; Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow; Magistrate Judge Dustin B. Pead

Defendants:

  • eBuys, Inc.
  • Pharmapacks, LLC
  • CJ Pony Parts, Inc.
  • What She Buys
  • Shutterfly, Inc. d/b/a tinyprints.com
  • VelaTrack, Inc.
  • E&L Corporation d/b/a Cameta Camera
  • Tatcha, LLC
  • Jackthreads, Inc.
  • Del Sol, LC

Plaintiff: Shipping and Transit, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Newport Trial Group; Leslie Robert Evans & Associates, Mitchell + Company; McCarter & English; and Workman Nydegger

Patents: 7,400,970 (System and method for an advance notification system for monitoring and reporting proximity of a vehicle); 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); and 7,400,970 (System and method for an advance notification system for monitoring and reporting proximity of a vehicle).

JSDQ Mesh Technologies LLC v. TECO Energy, Inc. et al, (M.D. Fla.).

Judges: District Judge James S. Moody, Jr.; Magistrate Judge Julie S. Sneed

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Tampa Electric Company
  • TECO Energy, Inc.

Plaintiff: JSDQ Mesh Technologies LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Haller Law

Patents: 7,286,828 (Method of call routing and connection); 7,916,648 (Method of call routing and connection); RE 43,675 (Wireless radio routing system); and RE 44,607 (Wireless mesh routing method).

Grecia v. DISH Network, LLC, (N.D. Cal.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: DISH Network, LLC

Plaintiff: William Grecia

Pls. Cnsl: Siprut

Patent: 8,887,308 (Digital cloud access (PDMAS part III)).

Hawk Technology Systems, LLC v. St. Vincent’s Medical Center, (D. Conn.; N.D. Tex.; W.D. La.; D. Colo.; D. Md.; N.D. Ohio) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Michael P. Shea; District Judge Sam A. Lindsay; District Judge William M. Nickerson

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Vincent’s Medical Center
  • Amarillo National Bank
  • School Board of Caddo Parish
  • Pioneer Group d/b/a Bronco Billy’s Sports Bar and Casino
  • University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, LLC
  • Great Lakes Outdoor Supply, Inc.

Plaintiff: Hawk Technology Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Lockridge Grindal Nauen; Whitmyer IP Group; Law Office of David Bailey; Henderson Dantone; Rosenblatt & Gosch; Maddox Hoppe Hoofnagle & Hafey; and The Law Office of Yousef M Faroniya

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

PanTaurus LLC v. A10 Networks, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • A10 Networks, Inc.
  • Allegro Software Development Corporation
  • Aviat Networks, Inc.
  • Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
  • EF Johnson Technologies, Inc.
  • Firetide, Inc.
  • Fortinet, Inc.
  • Neopost USA, Inc.
  • Riverbed Technologies, Inc.
  • Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
  • Thales e-Security, Inc.
  • ViaSat, Inc.
  • Vocera Communications, Inc.

Plaintiff: PanTaurus LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Ferraiuoli LLC

Patent: 6,272,533 (Secure computer system and method of providing secure access to a computer system including a stand-alone switch operable to inhibit data corruption on a storage device).

Red River Innovations LLC v. Mrs. Fields Gifts, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Mrs. Fields Gifts, Inc.

Plaintiff: Red River Innovations LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Black & Hamill; and Findlay & Craft

Patent: 7,958,138 (Method and apparatus for enhancing electronic reading by identifying relationships between sections of electronic text).

Marshall Feature Recognition, LLC v. ConocoPhillips Company, (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • ConocoPhillips Company
  • The Allstate Corporation

Plaintiff: Marshall Feature Recognition, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Austin Hansley PLLC

Patents: 6,886,750 (Method and apparatus for accessing electronic data via a familiar printed medium); and 8,910,876 (Method and apparatus for accessing electronic data via a familiar printed medium).

Phoenix Licensing, LLC et al v. Cigna Corporation, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Cigna Corporation
  • LendingClub Corporation
  • LoanDepot, Inc.
  • Marriot International, Inc.
  • CVS Health Corporation
  • SilverScript Insurance Company
  • Minnesota Life Insurance Company
  • Securian Financial Group, Inc.

Plaintiffs:

  • LPL Licensing, LLC
  • Phoenix Licensing, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: 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); 8,073,735 (System and method for automating financial document compliance); 8,234,184 (Automated reply generation direct marketing system); 8,738,435 (Method and apparatus for presenting personalized content relating to offered products and services); 7860744 (System and method for automatically providing personalized notices concerning financial products and/or services); 8,352,317 (System for facilitating production of variable offer communications; and 7,856,375 (Customized communication document creation system and method).