The trolls became drastically more active in April, with a large cluster of filings in the days before the Senate’s patent reform bill would have made patent reform retroactive to. Of course, the reform legislation that seemed so certain died in the Senate. Repeat filers included Antennatech, c4cast, Clear With Computers, Eclipse IP, eDekka, GPNE, Joao Bock, Landmark Technology, Marshall Feature Recognition, NeoMedia Technologies, Olivistar, and TQP Development.

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Bank of America, NA v. Wolf Run Hollow, LLC (N.D. Ill.)

Claim: Declaratory Judgment

Defendant: Wolf Run Hollow, LLC

Plaintiff: Bank of America, NA

Pls. Cnsl: Goodwin Procter; and Reed Smith

Patent: 6,115,817 (Methods and systems for facilitating transmission of secure messages across insecure networks).

Lone Star WiFi LLC v. Marriott International Inc., (S.D. Cal.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Roger T. Benitez; Magistrate Judge Barbara Lynn Major; District Judge Roger T. Benitez; Magistrate Judge Nita L. Stormes

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Marriott International Inc.
  • Omni Hotels Corporation
  • Omni Hotels Management Corporation

Plaintiff: Lone Star WiFi LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Nelson Bumgardner Casto

Patents: 7,490,348 (Wireless network having multiple communication allowances); 8,312,286 (Wireless network having multiple communication allowances); and 8,583,935 (Wireless network having multiple communication allowances).

GPNE Corp. v. BP America Inc., (D. Del.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: BP America Inc.

Plaintiff: GPNE Corp.

Pls. Cnsl: Niro Haller & Niro; and O’Kelly Ernst & Bielli

Patent: 8,086,240 (Data communication system using a reserve request and four frequencies to enable transmitting data packets which can include a count value and termination indication information).

Joao Bock Transaction Systems, LLC v. Capital One Financial Corporation et al., (D. Del.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Capital One Bank (USA), NA
  • Capital One Financial Corporation
  • Capital One, NA

Plaintiff: Joao Bock Transaction Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Heninger Garrison Davis; and Stamoulis & Weinblatt

Patent: 7,096,003 (Transaction security apparatus).

Landmark Technology, LLC v. Abercrombie & Fitch (TXED) (multiple cases)

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Boyd Gaming Corp.
  • Caesars Entertainment Corp.
  • Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
  • Harley-Davidson, Inc.
  • Hitachi America Ltd.

Plaintiff: Landmark Technology, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell; and Parker Bunt & Ainsworth

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

Clear With Computers, LLC v. Northern Tool & Equipment Company, Inc. (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Northern Tool & Equipment Company, Inc.
  • OpticsPlanet, Inc.
  • Rag & Bone Holdings, LLC

Rag & Bone, Inc.

Plaintiff: Clear With Computers, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Spangler Law; and Stamoulis & Weinblatt

Patents: 5,625,776 (Electronic proposal preparation system for selling computer equipment and copy machines); and 7,606,739 (Electronic proposal preparation system).

Inventor Holdings, LLC v. Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc., (D. Del.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc.

Plaintiff: Inventor Holdings, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Stamoulis & Weinblatt

Patent: 6,381,582 (Method and system for processing payments for remotely purchased goods).

Stambler v. MasterCard Incorporated et al, (S.D. Fla.).

Judge: District Judge Joan A. Lenard

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • MasterCard Incorporated

MasterCard International Incorporated

Plaintiff: Leon Stambler

Pls. Cnsl: Nelson Bumgardner Casto; and Perlman Bajandas Yevoli & Albright

Patent: 5,793,302 (Method for securing information relevant to a transaction).

Klever Marketing, Inc. v. LivingSocial, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement; Amended Complaint

Defendants:

  • Jo-Ann Stores, LLC

Office Max, Inc.

Plaintiff: Klever Marketing, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Tiburon Intellectual Property

Patent: 5,420,606 (Instant electronic coupon verification system).

Z-Dimensional, LLC v. Hammacher Schlemmer & Co., Inc. (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • The Bradford Group
  • JVC Americas Corp.

Plaintiff: Z-Dimensional, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Burns IP Law

Patent: 7,729,530 (Method and apparatus for 3-D data input to a personal computer with a multimedia oriented operating system).

eDekka LLC v. ABT Electronics Inc. (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • ABT Electronics Inc.
  • Beachbody LLC
  • Crutchfield Corporation
  • Crutchfield New Media, LLC
  • Edible Arrangements LLC
  • Ellison Systems Inc.
  • Foster and Smith Inc.
  • Oakley Inc.
  • The Tire Rack Inc.
  • US Auto Parts Network Inc.
  • Vitacost.com Inc.
  • Aeropostale, Inc.
  • Amway Corp.
  • AT&T Services, Inc.
  • B&H Foto & Electronics Corp.
  • Barnesandnoble.com, LLC
  • Barneys New York, Inc.
  • Benchmark Brands, Inc.
  • Big Fish Games, Inc.
  • Bluestem Brands, Inc.
  • BPS Direct, LLC
  • Brooks Brothers Group Inc.
  • Brown Shoe Company, Inc.
  • Build.com, Inc.
  • Buy.com Inc.
  • Cabela’s Incorporated
  • CardLab, Inc.
  • Carter’s, Inc.
  • Coach, Inc.
  • Crocs, Inc.
  • CTD, Inc.
  • Deckers Outdoor Corporation
  • Deluxe Corp.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc.
  • Dillard’s, Inc.
  • Disney Interactive Studios, Inc. f/k/a Disney Interactive, Inc.
  • eBags, Inc.
  • Estee Lauder, Inc.
  • Etsy, Inc.
  • Fab.com, Inc.
  • Fanatics, Inc.
  • Follett Higher Education Group, Inc.
  • Footlocker.com, Inc.
  • Foot Locker, Inc.
  • FragranceNet.com Inc.
  • Fresh Direct, LLC
  • FTD.com Inc.
  • GameFly, Inc
  • General Nutrition Centers, Inc.
  • Gerler & Son, Inc.
  • Gilt Groupe, Inc.
  • Golfsmith International Inc.
  • Harry and David, LLC
  • Hayneedle, Inc.
  • ideeli Inc.
  • J Crew Group, Inc.
  • Jos A Bank Clothiers, Inc.
  • JP Boden USA LLC
  • Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
  • Kohl’s Corporation
  • Lamps Plus, Inc.
  • Mason Companies, Inc.
  • The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc.
  • MLB Advanced Media, LP
  • Motorsport Aftermarket Group, Inc.
  • Multimedia Commerce Group, Inc.
  • Nasty Gal Inc.
  • NFL Enterprises LLC
  • Northern Tool & Equipment Company, Inc.
  • OpticsPlanet, Inc.
  • O’Reilly Automotive, Inc.
  • PC Connection, Inc.
  • PCM, Inc.
  • Peapod, LLC
  • Potpourri Group, Inc.
  • Power Equipment Direct Inc.
  • Recreational Equipment, Inc.
  • Saks Direct, LLC
  • Scholastic Inc.
  • School Specialty, Inc
  • Shoebuy.com, Inc.
  • Star Creations, Inc. d/b/a AJ Madison
  • The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc.
  • The Container Store Group, Inc.
  • The Dress Barn, Inc
  • The Jones Group, Inc.
  • The Net-A-Porter Group, LLC
  • The Orvis Company Inc.
  • Tory Burch, LLC
  • VF Corporation
  • Vera Bradley Sales, LLC
  • VistaPrint USA, Inc.
  • Wayfair, LLC
  • YOOX Corporation
  • Zale Corporation
  • Zones, Inc.
  • 1 SaleADay, LLC
  • 1-800-Contacts, Inc.
  • 1-800-Flowers.com, Inc.

Plaintiff: eDekka LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Tadlock Law Firm

Plaintiff: eDekka LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Tadlock Law Firm

Patent: 6,266,674 (Random access information retrieval utilizing user-defined labels).

Marshall Feature Recognition, LLC v. The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Darden Concepts, Inc. d/b/a Olive Garden
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc.
  • KitchenAid, Inc.

Plaintiff: Marshall Feature Recognition, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Austin Hansley

Patent: 6,886,750 (Method and apparatus for accessing electronic data via a familiar printed medium).

Antennatech, LLC v. American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (E.D. Del.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
  • CVS Caremark Corporation
  • Foot Locker, Inc. Guess? Retail, Inc.
  • Macy’s, Inc.
  • Sports Authority, Inc.
  • Doctor’s Associates, Inc.
  • Geoffery, LLC d/b/a Toys “R” Us

Walgreen Co.

Plaintiff: Antennatech, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Stamoulis & Weinblatt

Patent: 8,112,131 (Radiative focal area antenna transmission coupling arrangement).

Interface IP Holdings, LLC v. Six Continents Hotels, Inc., (D. Del.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Six Continents Hotels, Inc.

Plaintiff: Interface IP Holdings, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Black & Hamill; and Farnan

Patent: 7,406,663 (Graphical input device with dynamic field width adjustment for input of variable data via a browser-based display).

Shoes For Crews, LLC v. Eclipse IP, LLC (S.D. Fla.).

Judge: District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks

Claim: Declaratory Judgment

Defendant: Eclipse IP LLC

Plaintiff: Shoes For Crews, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: McHale & Slavin

Patent: 8,564,459 (Systems and methods for a notification system that enable user changes to purchase order information for delivery and/or pickup of goods and/or services).

Quxuz LLC v. Wedding Window, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Wedding Window, Inc.
  • Zoho Corporation

Striking.ly, Inc.

Plaintiff: Quxuz LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Spangler Law; and Weisbrod Matteis & Copley

Patent: 7,353,199 (Method of moderating external access to an electronic document authoring development and distribution system).

Olivistar, LLC v. American Traffic Solutions, Inc. (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • American Traffic Solutions, Inc.
  • Belkin International, Inc.
  • Boxee, Inc.
  • Facebook, Inc.
  • Global Media Group, LLC.
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • OnStar, LLC
  • Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
  • Somfy Systems, Inc.
  • Sony Corporation of America
  • Vizio, Inc.
  • ADT, LLC d/b/a ADT Security Services
  • BrickHouse Electronics
  • The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
  • Control4 Corporation
  • CPI Security Systems, Inc.
  • General Electric Company
  • Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
  • Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
  • Loxone, Inc.
  • Philips Electronics North America Corporation
  • Amazon.com, Inc.
  • D-Link Systems, Incorporated
  • LG Electronics USA, Inc.
  • Panasonic Corporation of North America
  • Tivo, Inc.
  • Protection One, Inc.
  • Roku, Inc.
  • Skype Inc.
  • Technical Consumer Products, Inc.
  • Uniden America Corporation
  • Vivint, Inc.
  • BlackBerry Corporation
  • Lennox Industries, Inc.
  • Logitech, Inc.
  • Lorex Inc.
  • Motorola Mobility LLC
  • Aliph, Inc. d/b/a Jawbone
  • Nautilus, Inc.
  • Fitbit, Inc.
  • Garmin International, Inc.
  • Nike, Inc.
  • Oregon Scientific, Inc.
  • Polar Electro, Inc., USA
  • Netgear, Inc.
  • Pelco, Inc.
  • Rain Bird Corporation
  • Summer Infant, Inc.
  • Digital Peripheral Solutions, Inc.
  • Crestron Electronics, Inc.
  • Sharp Electronics Corporation
  • Toshiba America, Inc.

Plaintiff: Olivistar, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Austin Hansley

Patents: 6,839,731 (System and method for providing data communication in a device network); 8,239,481 (System and method for implementing open-control remote device control); and 7,944,469 (System and method for using self-learning rules to enable adaptive security monitoring).

TQP Development, LLC v. 8X8, Inc. (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Aliph, Inc. d/b/a Jawbone
  • AOL Inc.
  • Barnesandnoble.com, LLC
  • Canon USA, Inc.
  • Chegg, Inc.
  • Citrix Systems, Inc.
  • ESET, LLC
  • Extreme Networks, Inc.
  • Fujitsu America, Inc.
  • Hitachi America Ltd.
  • HTC America, Inc.
  • IAC/InteractiveCorp.
  • InFocus Corporation
  • LG Electronics USA Inc.
  • LinkedIn Corporation
  • Mad Catz, Inc.
  • NetGear, Inc.
  • Nikon Americas, Inc.

Plaintiff: TQP Development, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Austin Hansley

Patent: 5,412,730 (Encrypted data transmission system employing means for randomly altering the encryption keys).

c4cast.com, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc. (E.D. Tex.)

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Amazon.com, Inc.
  • Barnesandnoble.com, LLC
  • Barnes & Noble, Inc.
  • Apple Inc.
  • Valve Corporation

Plaintiff: c4cast.com, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Ni Wang & Massand

Patent: 7,958,204 Community-selected content

Eclipse IP LLC v. Dogeared Jewels and Gifts LLC, (C.D. Cal.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Fernando M. Olguin; and Magistrate Judge Carla Woehrle; District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez; Magistrate Judge Stephen J. Hillman; Magistrate Judge Paul L. Abrams; District Judge John A. Kronstadt; Magistrate Judge Jay C. Gandhi; District Judge Margaret M. Morrow

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Dogeared Jewels and Gifts LLC
  • Vapour Organic Beauty Inc.
  • Title 9 Sports Inc.
  • Backcountry.com, Inc.

Plaintiff: Eclipse IP LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Newport Trial Group

Patents: 7,319,414 (Secure notification messaging systems and methods using authentication indicia); and 7,479,899 (Notification systems and methods enabling a response to cause connection between a notified PCD and a delivery or pickup representative).

NeoMedia Technologies, Inc. v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, (D. Colo.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Costco Wholesale Corporation

Plaintiff: NeoMedia Technologies, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Global IP Law Group

Patents: 6,199,048 (System and method for automatic access of a remote computer over a network); and 8,131,597 (System and method for using an ordinary article of commerce to access a remote computer).