As usual in August, the NPEs took some vacation time. Filings were down although frequent filers Hawk Technology, Rothschild and Shipping & Transit had multiple filings, as did Batarga and Ectolink.

As usual, I prepared the report in partnership with and using Docket Navigator and its powerful database. Docket Navigator is a valuable resource, and the place to go if you want to keep track of new patent litigation filings or want to know what is happening in particular cases, how your judge has historically handled a particular type of motion, or a particular plaintiff’s litigation history. Finally, please let me know if you have thoughts about the report or changes you would like to see. I am preparing it as a service for retailers and their supply chain who may want an overview of the patent litigation landscape. So, I am very open to ways to improve the report for you.

Shipping and Transit, LLC v. Ibelsoft, Inc d/b/a Box On Logistics, (S.D. Fla.) (multiple cases).

Judges:           District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas; Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow; District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg; District Judge Darrin P. Gayles

Claim:            Infringement

Defendants:

  • Ibelsoft, Inc. d/b/a Box on Logistics
  • Hanover Direct, Inc. d/b/a The Company Store, Inc.
  • Wayfair LLC
  • Bodybuilding.com, LLC
  • Livingston International, 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).

Hawk Technology Systems, LLC v. The School Board of Hardee County, Florida, (M.D. Fla.; E.D. Mich.; S.D. Fla.; S.D. Ohio; S.D. Fla.; E.D.N.Y.) (multiple cases).

Judges:           District Judge James S. Moody, Jr.; Magistrate Judge Julie S. Sneed; District Judge Arthur J Tarnow; Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen; Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte; District Judge Sandra S. Beckwith

Claim:            Infringement

Defendants:

  • The School Board of Hardee County
  • The Kroger Co.
  • Sutter’s Place, Inc. d/b/a 101 Casino
  • South Florida Stadium, LLC
  • T Northgate Mall, LLC
  • South Florida Stadium, LLC
  • T Northgate Mall, LLC
  • Sarnow Food Group, Inc.

Plaintiff:        Hawk Technology Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Lipscomb Eisenberg & Baker; Marc Shulman & Associates; YMF Inc.; and The James Law Firm

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

Ectolink, LLC v. HSBC Bank USA, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim:            Infringement

Defendants:

  • KeyCorp, Inc.
  • M&T Bank Corporation
  • Applied Bank
  • BancorpSouth Bank
  • Bank of Hawaii
  • Capital One NA
  • Comerica Bank
  • Commerce Bank
  • Elavon, Inc.
  • First Data Merchant Services Corporation
  • Huntington Bancshares Incorporated
  • First National Bank of Omaha
  • Heartland Payment Systems, Inc.
  • Meridian Bank
  • Merrick Bank
  • Santander Bank, NA
  • SunTrust Banks, Inc.
  • Synovus Bank
  • The Independent Bankers Bank
  • Total System Services, Inc.
  • US Bancorp
  • Vantiv, Inc.
  • Woodforest National Bank
  • Worldpay US, Inc.
  • Zions Bankcorp

Plaintiff:        Ectolink, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Brandt Law Firm

Patent:            5,826,245 (Providing verification information for a transaction).

Intellectual Ventures I LLC et al v. Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. et al, (E.D. Tex.).

Judge:             District Judge Rodney Gilstrap

Claim:            Infringement

Defendants:

  • Sally Beauty

Plaintiffs:

  • Intellectual Ventures I & II LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Nix Patterson & Roach

Patents:          5,969,324 (Accounting methods and systems using transaction information associated with a nonpredictable bar code); 6,633,900 (Mobile crew management system for distributing work order assignments to mobile field crew units); RE 43,715 (System and method for integrating public and private data).

NexusCard, Inc. v. Winn Dixie Stores, Inc., (M.D. Ga.).

Judge:             District Judge Clay D. Land

Claim:             Infringement

Defendant:     Winn Dixie Stores, Inc.

Plaintiff:        NexusCard, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl:        Hill Kertscher & Wharton; and Spangler Law

Patent:            5,924,080 (Computerized discount redemption system).

uLogin LLC v. Booking.com (USA) Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

Claim:            Infringement

Defendants:

  • Booking.com (USA) Inc.
  • The Gap, Inc.
  • LivingSocial, Inc.
  • Nordstrom, 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).

eCeipt LLC v. DICK’S Sporting Goods Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

Claim:            Infringement

Defendants:

  • DICK’S Sporting Goods Inc.
  • Macy’s, Inc.

Plaintiff:        eCeipt LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Spangler Law; and Stamoulis & Weinblatt

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

Batarga LLC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

Claim:            Infringement

Defendants:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc.
  • AnnTaylor Retail, Inc.
  • Carter’s, Inc.
  • Deckers Outdoor Corporation
  • Fossil Group, Inc.
  • General Nutrition Corporation
  • Gymboree Retail Stores, Inc.
  • Jamba Juice Company
  • J Crew Group, Inc.
  • Kate Spade LLC
  • LL Bean, Inc.
  • Lucky Brand Dungarees Stores, LLC
  • The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc.
  • Michael Kors Retail, Inc.
  • Ralph Lauren Corporation
  • Recreational Equipment, Inc.
  • Steven Madden Retail, Inc.
  • Stride Rite Children’s Group, LLC
  • Tommy Bahama R&R Holdings, Inc.
  • Tween Brands, Inc.

Plaintiff:        Batarga LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Law Office of David Bailey

Patent:            6,233,682 (Distribution of musical products by a web site vendor over the internet).

Interface IP Holdings LLC v. Oppenheimer Acquisition Corporation, (D. Del.).

Claim:             Infringement

Defendant:     Oppenheimer Acquisition Corporation

Plaintiff:        Interface IP Holdings LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Black & Hamill; and Farnan

Patents:          7,406,663 (Graphical input device with dynamic field width adjustment for input of variable data via a browser-based display); and 7,500,201 (Data input method and system with multi-sub-field matching of user entries into a graphical input device).

Vilox Technologies LLC v. Expedia, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim:            Infringement

Defendants:

  • Expedia, Inc.
  • Hotels.com LP
  • Orbitz, LLC
  • Orbitz Worldwide, Inc.
  • Footlocker.com, Inc.
  • Foot Locker, Inc.
  • Priceline.com LLC
  • The Priceline Group, Inc.
  • TripAdvisor, Inc.
  • TripAdvisor LLC

Plaintiff:        Vilox Technologies LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Spangler Law

Patents:          6,760,720 (Search-on-the-fly/sort-on-the-fly search engine for searching databases); 7,188,100 (Search-on-the-fly report generator); 7,302,423 (Search-on-the-fly with merge function); and 7,574,432 (Search-on-the-fly/sort-on-the-fly search engine).

Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations, LLC v. Guardian of Georgia, Inc. d/b/a Ackerman Security Systems, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim:            Infringement

Defendants:

  • FrontPoint Security Solutions, LLC
  • Guardian Protection Services, Inc.
  • United States Cellular Corporation
  • Geoforce, Inc.
  • Veracity Wireless, Inc.
  • Central Security Group – Nationwide, Inc.
  • ADS Security, LP
  • Alarm Security Group, LLC
  • Protect America, Inc.
  • Monitronics International, Inc.
  • United States Cellular Corporation
  • Geoforce, Inc.
  • Veracity Wireless, Inc.
  • Central Security Group – Nationwide, Inc.
  • ADS Security, LP
  • Alarm Security Group, LLC
  • Protect America, Inc.
  • Monitronics International, Inc.
  • Icon Security Systems, Inc.
  • Slomin’s Inc.

Plaintiff:        Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Kizzia & Johnson; Dykema Gossett; and Ni Wang & Massand

Patent:            8,788,090 (System and method for creating a personalized consumer product); and 8,606,503 (Device, system and method for remotely entering, storing and sharing addresses for a positional information device);

icontrol Networks, Inc v. Joao Control & Monitoring Systems, LLC, (W.D. Tex.).

Claim:            Declaratory Judgment

Defendant:     Joao Control & Monitoring Systems, LLC

Plaintiff:        iControl Networks, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl:        K&L Gates

Patents:          6,542,076 (Control, monitoring and/or security apparatus and method); 6,549,130 (Control apparatus and method for vehicles and/or for premises); 6,587,046 (Monitoring apparatus and method); 7,277,010 (Monitoring apparatus and method); and 7,3973,63 (Control and/or monitoring apparatus and method).

National Bank d/b/a The National Bank of Central Texas v. Plano Encryption Technologies, LLC, (W.D. Tex.).

Claim:             Declaratory Judgment

Defendant:     Plano Encryption Technologies, LLC

Plaintiff:        National Bank d/b/a The National Bank of Central Texas

Pls. Cnsl:        Gray Reed & McGraw

Patents:          5,974,550 (Method for strongly authenticating another process in a different address space); 5,991,399 (Method for securely distributing a conditional use private key to a trusted entity on a remote system); and 6,587,858 (Systems and methods for the control of dynamic data and request criteria in a data repository).