March continued to be a pleasantly slow months for trolls. Repeat filers included Cascades Branding, Eclipse IP, Hawk Technology, Marshall Feature Recognition, and SFA Systems.

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Hawk Technology Systems, LLC v. United Supermarkets LLC, (E.D. Tex., S.D. Fla.) (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge Jose E. Martinez

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • United Supermarkets LLC
  • The Old Evangeline Downs, LLC
  • Columbia Sportswear USA Corporation

Plaintiff: Hawk Technology Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Law Office of Everett Upshaw

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

Plaintiff: Hawk Technology Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Law Office of Everett Upshaw; and Lipscomb Eisenberg & Baker

Marshall Feature Recognition, LLC v. Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.(E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

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

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • CVS Caremark Corporation
  • HJ Heinz Company
  • Target Corporation
  • Toni&Guy USA, LLC
  • Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
  • ValPak Direct Marketing Systems, 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).

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).

Eclipse IP LLC v. Safeway Inc., (C.D. Cal., E.D. Cal.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Virginia M. Kendall; Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone; District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Safeway Inc.
  • Hailo Network USA, Inc.
  • Tri Starr Management Services, Inc.
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Plaintiff: Eclipse IP, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Newport Trial Group; Howard & Howard

Patents: 8,232,899 (Notification systems and methods enabling selection of arrival or departure times of tracked mobile things in relation to locations); 8,531,317 (Notification systems and methods enabling selection of arrival or departure times of tracked mobile things in relation to locations); 7,064,681(Response systems and methods for notification systems); 7,479,901 (Mobile thing determination systems and methods based upon user-device location); 7,538,691 (Mobile thing determination systems and methods based upon user-device location); 7,479,899 (Notification systems and methods enabling a response to cause connection between a notified PCD and a delivery or pickup representative); 7,482,952 (Response systems and methods for notification systems for modifying future notifications); 7,876,239 (Secure notification messaging systems and methods using authentication indicia); 7,113,110 (Stop list generation systems and methods based upon tracked PCD’s and responses from notified PCD’s)’ 7,479,900 (Notification systems and methods that consider traffic flow predicament data); 7,561,069 (Notification systems and methods enabling a response to change particulars of delivery or pickup).

Con-way, Inc. v. Eclipse IP, LLC, (E.D. Mich.).

Judges: District Judge Terrence G. Berg; Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen

Claim: Declaratory Judgment

Defendant: Eclipse IP, LLC

Plaintiff: Con-way, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn

Patents: 7,479,899 (Notification systems and methods enabling a response to cause connection between a notified PCD and a delivery or pickup representative); 7876239 Secure notification messaging systems and methods using authentication indicia

Microsoft Corporation v. Neomedia Technologies, Inc. (W.D. Wash.).

Claim: Declaratory Judgment

Defendant: NeoMedia Technologies, Inc.

Plaintiff: Microsoft Corporation

Pls. Cnsl: Perkins Coie

Patent: 8,131,597 (System and method for using an ordinary article of commerce to access a remote computer).

Starbucks Corporation v. NeoMedia Technologies, Inc., (W.D. Wash.).

Claim: Declaratory Judgment

Defendant: NeoMedia Technologies, Inc.

Plaintiff: Starbucks Corporation

Pls. Cnsl: Perkins Coie

Patent: 8,131,597 (System and method for using an ordinary article of commerce to access a remote computer).

Cascades Branding Innovation LLC v. Marriott International Inc., (N.D. Ill.) (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge James B. Zagel; District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Marriott International Inc.
  • Michelin North America, Inc.
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Plaintiff: Cascades Branding Innovation LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Flachsbart & Greenspoon

Patents: 7,768,395 (Brand mapping); 8,106,766 (Brand mapping); and 8,405,504 (Brand mapping).

eDekka LLC v. American Girl Brands, LLC (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

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

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • CafePress Inc
  • Eddie Bauer LLC
  • OmahaSteaks.com,
  • The Swiss Colony, LLC
  • Tiffany & Co.
  • Appleseeds, Inc.
  • Art.com Inc.
  • Coastal Contacts Inc.
  • Coldwater Creek, Inc.
  • Karmaloop LLC
  • Lululemon Athletica Inc.
  • One Kings Lane Inc.
  • Safeway Inc.
  • Zazzle Inc.

Plaintiff: eDekka LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Tadlock Law Firm

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