NPE’s started 2016 slow, just like December 2015. The majority of cases were filed by frequent filers, including Hawk Technology, Shipping & Transit and T-Rex Property.

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6115187 Canada, Inc. d/b/a ImmerVision, Inc. v. Samsung Techwin America et al., (D. Del.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • KLM Marketing, LLC
  • Samsung Techwin America
  • Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd.

Plaintiff: 6115187 Canada, Inc. d/b/a ImmerVision, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel

Patent: 6,844,990 (Method for capturing and displaying a variable resolution digital panoramic image).

Opal Run LLC v. C & A Marketing, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: C&A Marketing, Inc.

Plaintiff: Opal Run LLC

Pls. Cnsl: The Andrade Law Firm

Patent: 6,704,120 (Product template for a personalized printed product incorporating image processing operations).

T-Rex Property AB v. Branded Cities Network, LLC et al., (D. Ariz.; D. Minn.) (multiple cases).

Judges: Magistrate Judge David K Duncan; Magistrate Judge Janie S. Mayeron; District Judge Susan Richard Nelson

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Branded Cities Network, LLC
  • Branded Cities Phoenix, LLC
  • El Media Holdings USA, LLC
  • Reach Sports Marketing Group, Inc.

Plaintiff: T-Rex Property AB

Pls. Cnsl: Farney Daniels; and Hartman Titus

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).

Shipping and Transit LLC v. Marine Layer, Inc., (C.D. Cal.; S.D. Fla.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez; Magistrate Judge Frederick F. Mumm; District Judge R. Gary Klausner; Magistrate Judge Alicia G. Rosenberg; District Judge William J. Zloch

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Marine Layer, Inc.
  • 123Stores, Inc.
  • Arhaus, LLC
  • com, LLC d/b/a Hats.com
  • Langston Co.
  • Noonday Collection, Inc. a/k/a Noonday Holdings, LLC

Plaintiff: Shipping and Transit LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Newport Trial Group; and Leslie Robert Evans & Associates

Patent: 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); and 6,904,359 (Notification systems and methods with user-definable notifications based upon occurance of events).

Skky, LLC v. Facebook, Inc. et al, (D. Minn.).

Judges: District Judge Donovan W. Frank; Magistrate Judge Franklin L. Noel

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Facebook, Inc.
  • Instagram, LLC

Plaintiff: Skky, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Robins Kaplan

Patents: 7,548,875 (Media delivery platform); 8,892,465 (Media delivery platform); 9,037,502 (Media delivery platform); 9,118,693 (Media delivery platform); 9,124,717 (Media delivery platform); 9,124,718 (Media delivery platform); 9,203,870 (Media delivery platform); 9,203,956 (Media delivery platform); 9,215,310 (Media delivery platform); and 9,219,810 (Media delivery platform).

Hawk Technology Systems, LLC v. Shelby County Board of Education, (W.D. Tenn.; N.D. Ill.; W.D. Tex.; E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judges: Magistrate Judge Iain D. Johnston; District Judge Frederick J. Kapala

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Shelby County Board Of Education
  • Northside Independent School District
  • Big Picture II, Inc.
  • Best Buy Co., Inc.
  • Olive Garden of Texas, Inc. d/b/a Olive Garden USA 1332
  • Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.
  • Texoma Community Credit Union

Plaintiff: Hawk Technology Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Henderson Dantone; Lipscomb Eisenberg & Baker; Media Litigation Firm; and The Andrade Law Firm

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

e.Digital Corporation v. Nest Labs, Inc., (N.D. Cal.).

Judge: Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Nest Labs, Inc.

Plaintiff: e.Digital Corporation

Pls. Cnsl: Handal & Associates

Patents: 9,002,331 (System and method for managing mobile communications); and 9,178,983 (System and method for managing mobile communications).

EveryMD.com LLC v. eBay Inc., (C.D. Cal.).

Judges: Magistrate Judge Frederick F. Mumm; District Judge John F. Walter

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: eBay Inc.

Plaintiff: EveryMD.com LLC

Pls. Cnsl: TechCoastLaw

Patent: 8,499,047 (Method, apparatus and business system for online communication with online and offline recipients).