January is further proof that the America Invents Act (“AIA”) did not slow troll cases or multi-defendant actions (albeit with a separate action for each set of related defendants) by requiring that trolls file separately against unrelated defendants.  Perhaps the biggest remaining question is whether courts will treat the separate cases as related, transferred or completely separate, looking to the language of the AIA.  If courts combine discovery in these cases then all that is left of this provision of the AIA will be the required separate trials.  And there is still a chance we see increased requests to the multi-district litigation panel to transfer cases to a single court for discovery purposes.

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.

Network Signatures, Inc. v. Safeway, Inc., (C.D. Cal.) (multiple cases).

Judge:             Otero & Nakazato

Claim:             Infringement


  • Safeway, Inc.
  • The Gap, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Network Signatures, Inc.

Counsel:         One LLP

Patent:            5,511,122 (Intermediate network authentication).

The Tobin Family Education and Health Foundation et al v. Art.com, Inc., (D.N.J.) (multiple cases).

Claim:             Infringement


  • Art.com, Inc.
  • Overstock.com
  • 1-800-Flowers.com, Inc.


  • Commerce Technology Licensing, LLC
  • The Tobin Family Education and Health Foundation

Counsel:         Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik

Patent:            7,505,913 (Method and system for customizing marketing services on networks communicating with hypertext tagging conventions)


Data Distribution Technologies LLC v. PriceGrabber.com, Inc., (S.D.N.Y.) (multiple cases).  

Judge:             Ramos

Claim:             Infringement


  • PriceGrabber.com, Inc.
  • Kayak Software Corporation

Plaintiff:         Data Distribution Technologies LLC

Counsel:         Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik

Patent:            6,529,908 (Web-updated database with record distribution by email)


Landmark Technology, LLC v. Hibbett Sports, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judge:             Davis

Claim:             Infringement


  • Hibbett Sports, Inc.
  • Maidenbrands, Inc.
  • Zumiez, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Landmark Technology, LLC

Counsel:         Parker Bunt & Ainsworth

Patents:          5,576,951 (Automated sales and services system); 6,289,319 (Automatic business and financial transaction processing system); and 7,010,508 (Automated multimedia data processing network).

Select Retrieval, LLC v. Winchester Carpet & Rug Company, (W.D. Va.) & (D. Me.) (multiple cases).

Judge:             Urbanski & Torresen

Claim:             Infringement


  • Winchester Carpet & Rug Company (W.D. Va.)
  • L.L. Bean (D. Me.)

Plaintiff:         Select Retrieval, LLC

Counsel:         Butler Royals

Patent:            6,128,617 (Data display software with actions and links integrated with information).

The JM Smucker Company v. Lodsys LLC, (E.D. Wis.).  

Judge:             District Judge Charles N. Clevert, Jr.

Claim:             Declaratory Judgment

Defendant:     Lodsys LLC

Plaintiff:         The JM Smucker Company

Counsel:         Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck; Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek

Patents:          5,999,908 (Customer-based product design module); 7,133,834 (Product value information interchange server); 7,222,078 (Methods and systems for gathering information from units of a commodity across a network); and 7,620,565 (Customer-based product design module).

Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. v. Starbucks Corporation, (E.D. Tex.) (E.D. & W.D. Pa.) (multiple cases). 

Judges:           Schell & Baylson

Claim:             Infringement


  • Starbucks Corporation
  • Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (Declaratory Judgment)
  • The Vanguard Group (Declaratory Judgment)
  • The PNC Financial Services Group (Declaratory Judgment)
  • Capital One Financial Corp.
  • Expedia, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

Counsel:         Agility IP Law; North Weber & Baugh; Spangler Law

Patents:          5,940,510 (Transfer of valuable information between a secure module and another module); 5,949,880 (Transfer of valuable information between a secure module and another module); 6,105,013 (Method, apparatus, system and firmware for secure transactions); and 6,237,095 (Apparatus for transfer of secure information between a data carrying module and an electronic device)

Helferich Patent Licensing LLC v. Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. et al, (D. Ariz.) (multiple cases). 

Judge:             Burns

Claim:             Infringement


  • Midway Holdings, Inc.
  • Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Nissan North America, Inc.
  • National Basketball Association Incorporated
  • NBA Properties, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Helferich Patent Licensing LLC

Counsel:         Law Offices of Steven G Lisa; Victoria Gruver Curtin PLC

Patents:          7,280,838 (Paging transceivers and methods for selectively retrieving messages); 7,499,716 (System and method for delivering information to a transmitting and receiving device); and 7,835,757 (System and method for delivering information to a transmitting and receiving device).

Patent Group, LLC v. AutoZone, Inc., E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judges:           Folsom & Gilstrap

Claim:             Infringement


  • AutoZone, Inc.
  • BPS Direct, LLC
  • BuySeasons, Inc.
  • Cheddar’s Casual Cafe, Inc.
  • Hulu, LLC
  • Academy.com, LLC
  • Build.com, Inc.
  • Esurance Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Stage Stores Inc.
  • Yeti Coolers Inc.

Plaintiff:         Patent Group, LLC

Counsel:         Martin Walker; The Stafford Davis Firm

Patent:            6,603,490 (Web site screen rotation).

ArrivalStar SA et al. v. Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corporation, (S.D. Fla.).

Judge:             Cooke

Claim:             Infringement

Defendant:     Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corporation


  • ArrivalStar SA
  • Melvino Technologies Limited

Counsel:         McMahon Law Firm

Patents:          6,748,320 (Advance notification systems and methods utilizing a computer network); 6,904,359 (Notification systems and methods with user-definable notifications based upon occurrence of events); 6,952,645 (System and method for activation of an advance notification system for monitoring and reporting status of vehicle travel); and 7,400,970 (System and method for an advance notification system for monitoring and reporting proximity of a vehicle).

GeoTag, Inc. v. Canon Inc. et al., (E.D. Tex.). 

Claim:             Infringement


  • Canon Inc.
  • Canon USA, Inc.

Plaintiff:         GeoTag Inc.

Counsel:         Buether Joe & Carpenter; Ni Law Firm

Patent:            5,930,474 (Internet organizer for accessing geographically and topically based information).

Pragmatus Telecom, LLC v. Advance Auto Parts, Inc., (D. Del.) (multiple cases). 

Judges:           Pisano

Claim:             Infringement


  • Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
  • United Parcel Service, Inc.
  • E*Trade Financial Corporation
  • Federal Express Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Overstock.com, Inc.
  • Scottrade Financial Services, Inc.
  • Sirius XM Radio, Inc.
  • The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.
  • The North Face Apparel Corp.

Plaintiff:         Pragmatus Telecom, LLC

Counsel:         DiNovo Price Ellwanger & Hardy; Farnan LLP

Patent:            6,311,231 (Method and system for coordinating data and voice communications via customer contract channel changing system using voice over IP); 6,668,286 (Method and system for coordinating data and voice communications via customer contact channel changing system over IP); and 7,159,043 (Method and system for coordinating data and voice communications via contact channel changing system).

MacroSolve, Inc. v. Facebook, Inc., 6-12-cv-00044 (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim:             Infringement


  • Facebook, Inc.
  • Hyatt Corporation
  • Newegg, Inc.
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Yelp! Inc.

Plaintiff:         MacroSolve, Inc.

Counsel:         Antonelli Harrington & Thompson

Patent:            7,822,816 (System and method for data management).