NPE filings increased sharply in November ahead of the implementation of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure amendments which became effective December 1. The amendments deleted from 18 requiring Twombly/Iqbal pleading requirements in patent cases as well as requiring proportionality for discovery. Frequent filers included CYVA Research, eCeipt, Eolas, Hawk Technology, LBS Innovations, Marshall Feature Recognition, Reflection Code, Ruby Sands and Shipping & Transit.

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Global Equity Management (SA) Pty. Ltd. v. AirBNB, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judges: Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne; District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • AirBNB, Inc.
  • com, Inc.
  • com Singapore E-Commerce Private Limited
  • Alibaba Group Holding Limited
  • com
  • The Priceline Group, Inc.
  • Kayak, Inc.
  • The Priceline Group, Inc.
  • com
  • The Priceline Group, 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).

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

Judges: Magistrate Judge Paul L. Abrams; District Judge Otis D. Wright, II; District Judge Percy Anderson; Magistrate Judge Alka Sagar; Magistrate Judge Alexander F. MacKinnon; District Judge Dean D. Pregerson; Magistrate Judge James M. Hopkins; District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg; District Judge Federico A. Moreno; District Judge Jose E. Martinez; District Judge Beth Bloom; Magistrate Judge Dave Lee Brannon

Claim:  Infringement

Defendants:

  • Campmor, Inc.
  • Freshpair Inc.
  • Glasses USA, LLC
  • Suntek Systems, Inc.
  • Nashbar Direct, Inc.
  • EyeBuyDirect, Inc.
  • GameFly, Inc.
  • Bluefly, Inc.

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).

Hawk Technology Systems, LLC v. The Commercial Group, Inc. d/b/a Great Lakes Outdoor Supply Co., (E.D. Mich.; S.D.N.Y.)(multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Paul D. Borman; Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen; District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Fordham University

Plaintiff: Hawk Technology Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Marc Shulman & Associates; Lockridge Grindal Nauen; Ventura Ribeiro & Smith; and The James Law Firm

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

CryptoPeak Solutions, LLC v. Barnesandnoble.com LLC, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judges: Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne; District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • com LLC
  • Bath & Body Works Direct, Inc.
  • com Inc. d/b/a Rakuten.com
  • Costco Wholesale Corp.
  • com, Inc.
  • Etsy, Inc.
  • GoPro, Inc.
  • Groupon, Inc.
  • Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc.
  • Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc.
  • com, Inc.
  • Mary Kay Inc.
  • Office Depot, Inc.
  • Kmart Corporation
  • MyGofer LLC
  • Sears Holdings Management Corporation
  • Shutterfly, Inc.
  • Sony Network Entertainment International LLC
  • Staples, Inc.
  • Target Corporation
  • The Home Depot USA, Inc.
  • VistaPrint USA, Inc.
  • Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
  • Ally Bank
  • Ally Financial Inc.
  • AT&T Corp.
  • AT&T Mobility LLC
  • AT&T Services, Inc.
  • Best Western International, Inc.
  • Choice Hotels International, Inc.
  • Classic Vacations LLC
  • Egencia LLC
  • Expedia, Inc.
  • com LP
  • Orbitz, LLC
  • Travelscape LLC
  • HSNi, LLC
  • HSN, Inc.
  • HSN Interactive LLC
  • Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Intercontinental Hotels Group, Inc.
  • BuySeasons, Inc.
  • Evite, Inc.
  • Liberty Interactive Corporation
  • QVC, Inc.
  • Marriot International, Inc.
  • The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
  • Pinterest, Inc.
  • KAYAK Software Corporation
  • OpenTable, Inc.
  • The Priceline Group, Inc.
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
  • Baymont Franchise Systems, Inc.
  • Days Inn Worldwide, Inc.
  • Hawthorn Suites Franchising, Inc.
  • Howard Johnson International, Inc.
  • Knights Franchise Systems, Inc.
  • Microtel Inns and Suites Franchising, Inc.
  • Ramada Worldwide, Inc.
  • Super 8 Worldwide, Inc.
  • Travelodge Hotels, Inc.
  • Wingate Inns International, Inc.
  • Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC
  • Wyndham Rewards, Inc.
  • Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
  • Tumblr, Inc.
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • Progressive Casualty Insurance Company

Plaintiff: CryptoPeak Solutions, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:  Tadlock Law Firm

Patent:  6,202,150 (Auto-escrowable and auto-certifiable cryptosystems).

i play, inc. v. Aden & Anais, Inc., (W.D.N.C.).

Claims: False Marking, Declaratory Judgment

Defendant: Aden & Anais, Inc.

Plaintiff: i play, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Luedeka Neely Group; and Northup McConnell & Sizemore

Patent:  D,603,142 (Protective garment).

Grecia v. MasterCard Incorporated, (S.D.N.Y.) (multiple cases).

Claim:  Infringement

Defendants:

  • MasterCard Incorporated
  • Visa Inc.
  • American Express Company

Plaintiff:  William Grecia

Pls. Cnsl:  Siprut

Patents: 8,402,555 (Personalized digital media access system (PDMAS)); 8,533,860 (Personalized digital media access system–PDMAS part II); and 8,887,308 (Digital cloud access (PDMAS part III)).

T-Rex Property AB v. Adspace Networks, Inc., (S.D.N.Y.).

Claim:  Infringement

Defendant: Adspace Networks, Inc.

Plaintiff: T-Rex Property AB

Pls. Cnsl:  Farney Daniels

Patents: 7,382,334 (Digital information system); and RE 39,470 (Digital information system).

uLogin LLC v. OpenTable, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

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

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: OpenTable, Inc.

Plaintiff:  uLogin LLC

Pls. Cnsl:  Spangler Law; and Stamoulis & Weinblatt

Patent: 5,712,979 (Method and apparatus for attaching navigational history information to universal resource locator links on a world wide web page).

Uniloc USA, Inc. et al v. Acronis, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Acronis, Inc.
  • Acronis International GmbH
  • Chief Architect, Inc.
  • Code 42 Software, Inc.
  • Embarcadero Technologies, Inc.
  • TLM, Inc. d/b/a Robert McNeel & Associates
  • Symantec Corporation
  • Zebra Technologies Corporation
  • Electronic Arts Inc.

Plaintiffs:

  • Uniloc Luxembourg SA
  • Uniloc USA, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Hayes Messina Gilman & Hayes; and Tadlock Law Firm

Patent: 7,024,696 (Method and system for prevention of piracy of a given software application via a communications network); and 8,5669,60 (System and method for adjustable licensing of digital products).

Marshall Feature Recognition, LLC v. Raymond James Financial, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

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

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Raymond James financial, Inc.
  • Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Juniper Networks, Inc.

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).

Eolas Technologies Incorporated v. Amazon.com, Inc., (E.D. Tex.; N.D. Cal.) (Multiple Cases).

Judge: Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal

Claims: Infringement; and Declaratory Judgment

Defendants:

  • com, Inc.
  • Google Inc.
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Wal-Mart Stores Texas, LLC
  • The Regents of the University of California

Plaintiffs:

  • Eolas Technologies, Inc.
  • Google Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: McKool Smith; and Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman

Patent: 9,195,507 (Distributed hypermedia method and system for automatically invoking external application providing interaction and display of embedded objects within a hypermedia document).

High Quality Printing Inventions, LLC v. FineStationery.com, (S.D. Fla.; D. Del.; M.D. Fla.; D. Mass.; D. Md.; D. Nev.; D. Or.; D. Mont.; N.D. Ohio; N.D. Tex.; W.D. Wash.; E.D. Wis.; C.D. Cal.; N.D. Cal.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington; Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo; District Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV; Law Offices of D. Lev; and Rakhlin Law; District Judge Marvin J. Garbis; Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach; District Judge James C. Mahan; District Judge Michael H. Simon; District Judge James I. Cohn; District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas; District Judge Susan P. Watters; District Judge James S. Gwin; District Judge A. Joe Fish; District Judge Jane J. Boyle; Magistrate Judge Michael R. Wilner; District Judge Stephen V. Wilson; District Judge Dale S. Fischer; Magistrate Judge Alicia G. Rosenberg; Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero; Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • com
  • Invitation Consultants, Inc.
  • Bay State Envelope, Inc.
  • Cimpress USA Incorporated d/b/a Vistaprint
  • Barton Cotton Affinity Group, LLC d/b/a Holiday Card Center
  • OvernightPrints, Inc.
  • Cardphile, Inc.
  • Office Depot, Inc.
  • Worldwide Tickets and Labels, Inc.
  • Staples, Inc.
  • Master Marketing International, Inc.
  • com, Inc.
  • Cardstore, Inc.
  • Angstrom Graphics Inc. Midwest
  • Printograph, Inc. d/b/a GotPrint
  • Safeguard Business Systems, Inc.
  • Luxe Cards, LLC d/b/a Purple Trail
  • Simply To Impress LLC
  • Digital Room, Inc. d/b/a PrintRunner.com, d/b/a Next Day Flyers, d/b/a UPrinting.com, d/b/a YouPrint.com, d/b/a PrintsMadeEasy.com
  • Avery Products Corporation
  • Shutterfly, Inc.
  • Zazzle, Inc.
  • Minted, LLC
  • PsPRINT

Plaintiff: High Quality Printing Inventions, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: O’Kelly & Ernst; Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz; Offit Kurman; Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial; Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen; Edwards Frickle & Culver; Sutter O’Connell; Skiermont Puckett; Hendricks and Lewis; and Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp

Patent:  6,012,070 (Digital design station procedure).