March filings were slow, presumably as NPEs waited for the TC Heartland decision from SCOTUS. Frequent filers included Checkerboard Intellectual Property, Electronic Communication Technologies, Hawk Technology, Landmark Technology, Location Services IP, Soverain, Symbology and Venadium.

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M2M Solutions LLC v. Amazon.com, Inc., (D. Del.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Amazon.com, Inc.

Plaintiff: M2M Solutions LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Barclay Damon; and Bayard

Patents: 8,504,007 (System and method for remote asset management); 8,577,358 (System and method for remote asset management); and 8,577,359 (System and method for remote asset management).

Scanning Technologies Innovations, LLC v. Retail Pro International, LLC, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Retail Pro International, LLC
  • Toast, Inc.

Plaintiff: Scanning Technologies Innovations, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Kizzia Johnson

Patent: 9,053,498 (Systems and methods for indicating the existence of accessible information pertaining to articles of commerce).

Checkerboard Intellectual Property, LLC v. CaféPress Inc., (D. Del.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • CafePress Inc.
  • Cimpress USA Incorporated
  • CustomInk, LLC
  • Office Depot, Inc.

Plaintiff: Checkerboard Intellectual Property, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Bayard; and Ni Wang & Massand

Patent: 6,529,214 (Interactive print job display system and method).

Electronic Communication Technologies, LLC v. Batteries Online, Inc., (S.D. Fla.; N.D. Ind.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Kenneth A. Marra; Magistrate Judge Dave Lee Brannon; District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks

Claims: Infringement; and Declaratory Judgment

Defendants:

  • Batteries Online, Inc.
  • Ellison Systems, Inc.
  • BTO Sports, Inc.
  • Gemvara Inc.
  • Stump Printing Company, Inc.

Plaintiff: Electronic Communication Technologies, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Assouline & Berlowe; and Barrett & McNagny

Patent: 9,373,261 (Secure notification messaging with user option to communicate with delivery or pickup representative); 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).

Hawk Technology Systems, LLC v. BNSF Railway Company, (E.D. Tex.; D. Conn.; D. Ariz.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III; Magistrate Judge John Z Boyle

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • BNSF Railway Company
  • Bozzuto’s, Inc.
  • Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona

Plaintiff: Hawk Technology Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Corcoran IP Law; Lockridge Grindal Nauen; Whitmyer IP Group; Keller Rohrback; and Lockridge Grindel Nauen

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

Uniloc USA, Inc. et al v. Big Fish Games, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Big Fish Games, Inc.
  • Ubisoft, Inc.
  • Box, Inc.
  • Nutanix, Inc.
  • Zendesk, Inc.

Plaintiffs:

  • Uniloc Luxembourg SA
  • Uniloc USA, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Nelson Bumgardner; and Prince Lobel Tye

Patents: 6,110,228 (Method and apparatus for software maintenance at remote nodes); and 6,564,229 (System and method for pausing and resuming move/copy operations).

Freeny et al v. Brother International Corporation, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Brother International Corporation
  • Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc.
  • Lexmark International, Inc.
  • Oki Data Americas, Inc.
  • Ricoh USA, Inc.
  • Xerox Corporation

Plaintiffs:

  • Bryan E Freeny
  • Charles C Freeny, III
  • James P Freeny

Pls. Cnsl: Banys; and Truelove Law Firm

Patents: 6,490,443 (Communication and proximity authorization systems); 6,806,977 (Multiple integrated machine system); 7,110,744 (Communication and proximity authorization systems; and 7,301,664 (Multiple integrated machine system).

Venadium LLC v. Ally Financial, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Ally Financial, Inc.
  • E*TRADE Financial Corporation
  • Novartis Capital Corporation
  • Total System Services, Inc.
  • com, Inc.

Plaintiff: Venadium LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Corcoran IP Law

Patent: 6,330,549 (Protected shareware).

Build A Sign, LLC v. Landmark Technology, LLC, (W.D. Tex.).

Claim: Declaratory Judgment

Defendant: Landmark Technology, LLC

Plaintiff: Build A Sign, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Wittliff Cutter

Patent: 6,289,319 (Automatic business and financial transaction processing system).

MyMail, Ltd. v. ESPN, Inc., (E.D. Tex.)

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: ESPN, Inc.

Plaintiff: MyMail, Ltd.

Pls. Cnsl: Buether Joe & Carpenter

Patents: 8,275,863 (Method of modifying a toolbar); and 9,021,070 (Dynamically modifying a toolbar).

Soverain IP, LLC v. Microsoft Corporation, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

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

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Apple Inc.

Plaintiff: Soverain IP, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Berger & Hipskind; and Capshaw DeRieux

Patents: 5,708,780 (Internet server access control and monitoring systems); 6,212,634 (Certifying authorization in computer networks); 6,279,112 (Controlled transfer of information in computer networks); 7,191,447 (Managing transfers of information in a communications network); 8,606,900 (Method and system for counting web access requests); and 8,935,706 (Managing transfers of information in a communications network).

Spider Search Analytics LLC v. Restocks, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judges: Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell; District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Restocks, Inc.
  • Sears Holdings Management Corporation
  • Tuva Labs Inc.

Plaintiff: Spider Search Analytics LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Ferraiuoli

Patent: 7,454,430 (System and method for facts extraction and domain knowledge repository creation from unstructured and semi-structured documents).

Location Services IP, LLC v. BPS Direct, LLC d/b/a Bass Pro Shops d/b/a Bass Pro, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • BPS Direct, LLC d/b/a Bass Pro Shops d/b/a Bass Pro, Inc.
  • Tivity Health, Inc.
  • U-Haul International, Inc. d/b/a Web Team Associates, Inc.
  • Shell Information Technology International BV
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

Plaintiff: Location Services IP, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Collins Edmonds 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).

Kaldren LLC v. Citigroup Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Citigroup Inc.
  • General Mills, Inc.
  • D. Power and Associates, Inc.
  • NeilMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
  • The Procter & Gamble Company
  • SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Plaintiff: Kaldren LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Corcoran IP Law

Patents: 6,098,882 (Variable formatting of digital data into a pattern); 6,176,427 (Variable formatting of digital data into a pattern); 6,820,807 (Variable formatting of digital data into a pattern); and 8,281,999 (Variable formatting of digital data into a pattern).

Blue Spike, LLC v. Barnes & Noble, Inc. et al, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc.
  • Barnes & Noble, Inc.
  • Nook Digital, LLC

Plaintiff: Blue Spike, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Garteiser Honea

Patents: 7,159,116 (Systems, methods and devices for trusted transactions); 7,475,246 (Secure personal content server); 7,779,261 (Method and system for digital watermarking); 7,813,506 (System and methods for permitting open access to data objects and for securing data within the data objects); 7,953,981 (Optimization methods for the insertion, protection, and detection of digital watermarks in digital data); 8,121,343 (Optimization methods for the insertion, protection, and detection of digital watermarks in digitized data); 8,161,286 (Method and system for digital watermarking); 8,171,561 (Secure personal content server); 8,307,213 (Method and system for digital watermarking); 8,739,295 (Secure personal content server); and 8,798,268 (System and methods for permitting open access to data objects and for securing data within the data objects).

Diem LLC v. BigCommerce, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: BigCommerce, Inc.

Plaintiff: Diem LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Husky Finch; and Klemchuk

Patent: 7,770,122 (Codeless dynamic websites including general facilities).

Symbology Innovations, LLC v. Atlantic City Electric Company, (D.N.J.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Atlantic City Electric Company
  • Federal Express Corporation
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Quest Diagnostics Incorporated
  • Quick Check Corporation

Plaintiff: Symbology Innovations, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Ferraiuoli; and Zimmerman Law Group

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).