NPE filings began to increase in October, as they usually do in the beginning of Q4. Frequent filers included Hawk Technology, Reflection Code, Rothschild, Shipping & Transit, and Sockeye (as a declaratory judgment defendant). There were also large filings from Kobace and Location Services IP.

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Shipping and Transit, LLC v. Hayneedle Inc., (S.D. Fla.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas; Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow; District Judge William J. Zloch

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Hayneedle Inc.
  • Yandy, LLC
  • Knife Center, Inc.

Plaintiff: Shipping and Transit, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Leslie Robert Evans & Associates

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

T-Rex Property AB v. The Wellness Network, LLC, (S.D.N.Y.; S.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Interactivation Health Networks LLC
  • Zipcast, LLC
  • DMX Holdings, Inc.
  • DMX, LLC
  • DMX Residential Holdings, LLC
  • DMX Residential, LLC
  • Mood Media North America, LLC
  • Muzak Holdings, LLC
  • Muzak, LLC
  • The Wellness Network, LLC
  • Interactivation Health Networks LLC
  • The Wellness Network

Plaintiff: T-Rex Property AB

Pls. Cnsl: Farney Daniels

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

Goade v. Parker Compound Bows, Inc., (M.D. Tenn.).

Judge: District Judge Aleta A. Trauger

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Parker Compound Bows, Inc.

Plaintiff: Joseph Daniel Goade

Pls. Cnsl: Krisher Law Firm

Patents: 7,721,724 (Shock suppressor for a bow); and 7,753,044 (Shock suppressor for a bow).

Sockeye Licensing TX, LLC v. Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
  • Amazon.com LLC
  • ASUS Computer International
  • Belkin International, Inc.
  • BlackBerry Corp.
  • Dell Inc.
  • Epson America, Inc.
  • Yakel Enterprises, LLC d/b/a Favi Entertainment
  • Fujitsu America, Inc
  • Harman International Industries, Inc.
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • HTC America, Inc.
  • Huawei Technologies USA, Inc.
  • IOGEAR, Inc.
  • Lenovo (United States) Inc.
  • LG Electronics USA, Inc.
  • Logitech Inc.
  • Measy Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • NEC Corporation of America
  • NETGEAR, Inc.
  • NVIDIA Corporation
  • Panasonic Corporation of North America
  • Philips Electronics North America Corporation
  • Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
  • Ricoh Americas Corporation
  • Rocketfish, Inc.
  • Roku, Inc.
  • Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
  • Sharp Electronics Corporation
  • Sony Corporation of America
  • Toshiba America, Inc.
  • Vtooland Tech. Ltd., d/b/a RioRand Advanced Technology
  • Western Digital Corporation
  • Yamaha Corporation of America
  • ZTE (USA) Inc.

Plaintiff: Sockeye Licensing TX, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: DiNovo Price Ellwanger & Hardy

Patents: 8,135,342 (System, method and apparatus for using a wireless cell phone device to create a desktop computer and media center); and 8,879,987 (System, method and apparatus for using a wireless device to control other devices).

St. Luke Technologies, LLC v. Dell, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Dell Inc.

Plaintiff: St. Luke Technologies, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Capshaw DeRieux; and Olavi & Dunne

Patents: 7,181,017 (System and method for secure three-party communications); 7,587,368 (Information record infrastructure, system and method); 7,869,591 (System and method for secure three-party communications); 8,316,237 (System and method for secure three-party communications); 8,380,630 (Information record infrastructure, system and method); 8,600,895 (Information record infrastructure, system and method); and 8,904,181 (System and method for secure three-party communications).

Hennessy Industries, Inc. v. Plombco, Inc., (M.D. Tenn.).

Judge: District Judge William J. Haynes, Jr.

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Plombco, Inc.

Plaintiff: Hennessy Industries, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

Patent: 9,157,501 (Vehicle wheel balance weights).

LGRT Pro LLC v. Sherwood Management Co. Inc. d/b/a Daniel’s Jewelers, (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Sherwood Management Co. Inc. d/b/a Daniel’s Jewelers

Plaintiff: LGRT Pro LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Corcoran IP Law

Patent: 6,895,554 (Method of document assembly).

Hawk Technology Systems, LLC v. Benny’s Carwash, LLC, (M.D. La.; D. Or.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Shelly D. Dick; Magistrate Judge Stephen C. Riedlinger; District Judge Michael H. Simon; District Judge Colin Stirling Bruce; Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Benny’s Carwash, LLC
  • ecoShuttle
  • Presence Hospitals PRV

Plaintiff: Hawk Technology Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Bohrer Brady; Henderson Dantone; Lockridge Grindal Nauen; Stoll Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter; and Media Litigation Firm

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

Rothschild Location Technologies LLC v. Imarda USA, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

Judges: Magistrate Judge John D. Love; District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Imarda USA, Inc.
  • GoFleet Corporation
  • Smart Fleet LLC

Plaintiff: Rothschild Location Technologies LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Ni Wang & Massand

Patent: 8,606,503 (Device, system and method for remotely entering, storing and sharing addresses for a positional information device).

Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals LP et al v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al, (N.D.W.V.).

Judge: District Judge Irene M. Keeley

Claim: Infringement – ANDA

Defendants:

  • Mylan Inc.
  • Mylan Laboratories Limited
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Plaintiffs:

  • AstraZeneca AB
  • AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
  • AstraZeneca UK Limited

Pls. Cnsl: O’Melveny & Myers; Thomas Combs & Spann; Ajay K Mago; Jeffrey L Crouch; and J Scott Anderson

Patents: 6,774,122 (Formulation); 7,456,160 (Formulation); 8,329,680 (Formulation); and 8,466,139 (Formulation).

AAVN, Inc. v. E&E Co., Ltd. d/b/a JLA Home, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

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

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • E&E Co. Ltd., d/b/a JLA Home
  • Sunham Home Fashions, LLC

Plaintiff: AAVN, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Ajay K Mago; Jeffrey L Crouch; and J Scott Anderson

Patent: 9,131,790 (Proliferated thread count of a woven textile by simultaneous insertion within a single pick insertion event of a loom apparatus multiple adjacent parallel yarns drawn from a multi-pick yarn package).

N5 Techologies LLC v. SunTrust Banks, Inc. et al, (E.D. Va.).

Judges: Senior District Judge Claude M. Hilton; Magistrate Judge Michael S. Nachmanoff

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

Plaintiff: AAVN, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Ajay K Mago; Jeffrey L Crouch; and J Scott Anderson

Patent: 9,131,790 (Proliferated thread count of a woven textile by simultaneous insertion within a single pick insertion event of a loom apparatus multiple adjacent parallel yarns drawn from a multi-pick yarn package).

N5 Techologies LLC v. SunTrust Banks, Inc. et al, (E.D. Va.).

Judges: Senior District Judge Claude M. Hilton; Magistrate Judge Michael S. Nachmanoff

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • SunTrust Bank
  • SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Plaintiff: N5 Techologies LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Davidson Berquist Jackson & Gowdey

Patent: 7,197,297 (Authentication method for enabling a user of a mobile station to access to private data or services).

Reflection Code LLC v. Kohl’s Corporation, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Kohl’s Corporation
  • Kellogg Company
  • Michaels Stores, Inc.
  • General Mills, Inc.
  • Nestle Purina PetCare Company
  • Land O’Lakes, Inc.
  • Gerber Products
  • ACCO Brands Corporation

Plaintiff: Reflection Code LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Devlin Law Firm

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

eCeipt LLC v. The Home Depot, Inc. et al, (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • The Home Depot, Inc.
  • The Home Depot USA, Inc.

Plaintiff: eCeipt LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Spangler Law; and Stamoulis & Weinblatt

Patent: 8,643,875 (Receipt handling systems, print drivers and methods thereof).

Best Buy Stores, LP et al v. Wildcat Licensing LLC et al, (N.D. Ill.).

Claim: Declaratory Judgment

Defendants:

  • Jeffrey W Salmon
  • Sockeye Licensing TX LLC
  • Wildcat Licensing LLC

Plaintiffs:

  • BestBuy.com, LLC
  • Best Buy Purchasing, LLC d/b/a Insignia Products
  • Best Buy Stores LP

Pls. CnslMiller Canfield Paddock & Stone; and Robins Kaplan

Patents: 8,135,342 (System, method and apparatus for using a wireless cell phone device to create a desktop computer and media center); and 8,879,987 (System, method and apparatus for using a wireless device to control other devices).

Sony Electronics Inc. et al v. Wildcat Licensing LLC et al, (N.D. Ill.).

Claim: Declaratory Judgment

Defendants:

  • Jeffrey W Salmon
  • Sockeye Licensing TX LLC
  • Wildcat Licensing LLC

Plaintiffs:

  • Sony Electronics, Inc.
  • Sony Mobile Communications (USA) Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Patents: 8,135,342 (System, method and apparatus for using a wireless cell phone device to create a desktop computer and media center); and 8,879,987 (System, method and apparatus for using a wireless device to control other devices).

Kobace LLC v. 1-800-Contacts, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • A City Discount, Inc.
  • adidas America Inc.
  • Aeropostale, Inc.
  • American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
  • American Girl Brands, LLC
  • Art.com, Inc.
  • Aveda Corporation
  • B&H Foto & Electronics Corp.
  • BarnesandNoble.com, Inc.
  • BPS Direct, LLC
  • Beaucoup Wedding Favors, Inc.
  • Best Buy Co., Inc.
  • Big Fish Games, Inc.
  • FullBeauty Brands, LP d/b/a KingSize
  • GameStop, Inc.
  • Lane Bryant, Inc.
  • Overstock.com, Inc.
  • Rakuten USA, Inc.
  • TigerDirect, Inc.

Plaintiff: Kobace LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Chaudhari Law

Patent: 8,626,818 (System and method for generating user contexts for targeted advertising).

Location Services IP, LLC v. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC, (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC
  • Comcast Corporation
  • Groupon, Inc.
  • priceline.com LLC
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • McDonald’s USA, LLC
  • shopkick, Inc.

Plaintiff: Location Services IP, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Collins Edmonds Pogorzelski Schlather & Tower

Patents: 6,202,023 (Internet based geographic location referencing system and method); 6,356,834 (Geographic location referencing system and method); and 8,935,220 (Unified geographic database and method of creating, maintaining and using the same).

Tangelo IP, LLC v. Euromarket Design, Inc. d/b/a Crate & Barrel, (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • HD Supply Holdings, Inc.
  • HD Supply, Inc.
  • Mary Kay Inc.
  • New Moosejaw, LLC
  • Wal-Mart

Plaintiff: Tangelo IP, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Collins Edmonds Pogorzelski Schlather & Tower

Patent: 8,429,005 (Method for determining effectiveness of display of objects in advertising images).