October continued the summer / fall trend of relatively active NPEs into the fall. Frequent filers included Anuwave, Bartonfalls, BillingNetwork Patents, eCeipt, Location Services and Rothschild.

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Electronic Communication Technologies, LLC v. Minted, LLC, (S.D. Fla.); (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge Kenneth A. Marra

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Minted, LLC
  • ATMAN, Inc. d/b/a pcRUSH
  • Lakeshore Equipment Company d/b/a Lakeshore Learning
  • The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack d/b/a The Pep Boys
  • com, LLC
  • The Orvis Company Inc.

Plaintiff: Electronic Communication Technologies, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Assouline & Berlow

Patents: 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).

Retrospection Marketing LLC v. Best Buy Co., Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Best Buy Co., Inc.
  • Kohl’s Corporation
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Plaintiff Retrospection Marketing LLC

Pls. Cnsl: One LLP; and The Stafford Davis Firm

Patent: 7,296,062 (Method for generating a presentation for re-locating an information page that has already been called).

Plano Encryption Technologies, LLC v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
  • JC Penney Company, Inc.
  • Groupon, Inc.
  • com, LLC

Plaintiff: Plano Encryption Technologies, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Capshaw DeRieux; and The Pitcock Law Group

Patents: 5,974,550 (Method for strongly authenticating another process in a different address space); and 5,991,399 (Method for securely distributing a conditional use private key to a trusted entity on a remote system).

Verify Smart Corp. v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA, (D.N.J.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Wells Fargo Bank, NA

Plaintiff: Verify Smart Corp.

Pls. Cnsl: Zimmerman Weiser & Paray

Patent: 8,285,648 (System and method for verifying a user’s identity in electronic transactions).

BillingNetwork Patent, Inc. v. CosmoLex Cloud, LLC, (N.D. Ill.).

Judge: District Judge Thomas M. Durkin

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: CosmoLex Cloud, LLC

Plaintiff: BillingNetwork Patent, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Haller Law; and Noble IP

Patent: 6,374,229 (Integrated internet facilitated billing, data processing and communication system).

eCeipt LLC v. Ann Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

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

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Ann Inc.
  • Best Buy Co., Inc.
  • Caleres, Inc. d/b/a Famous Footwear
  • Recreational Equipment, Inc.

Plaintiff: eCeipt LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Stamoulis & Weinblatt; and The Stafford Davis Firm

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

Millennium Commerce, LLC v. TGI Friday’s, Inc., (E.D. Tex.; D. Del.) (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap

Claims: Infringement; Infringement – ANDA

Defendants:

  • TGI Friday’s, Inc.
  • Whole Foods Market, Inc.
  • Hospira, Inc.

Plaintiff: Millennium Commerce, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Law Office of Ryan E. Hatch; Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell; and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr

Patents: 7,954,701 (Electronic fund transfer or transaction system); and 6,713,446 (Formulation of boronic acid compounds).

Bartonfalls LLC v. American Broadcasting Company, (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • American Broadcasting Company
  • com, Inc.
  • Bloomberg LP
  • CBS Interactive, Inc.
  • Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
  • Consumers Union of United States, Inc.
  • Discovery Communications, Inc.
  • Forbes Inc.
  • Advance Publications, Inc.
  • Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.
  • NBCUniversal Media, LLC
  • Viacom, Inc.
  • The New York Times Company
  • Ziff-Davis LLC

Plaintiff: Bartonfalls LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Zimmerman Weiser & Paray

Patent: 7,917,922 (Video input switching and signal processing apparatus).

Guada Technologies LLC v. 7Digital Inc., (E.D. Tex).

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

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • 7Digital Inc.
  • Batanga, Inc.
  • Defy Media, LLC
  • com Inc.
  • iHeartMedia, Inc.
  • MLB Advanced Media, LP
  • Netflix, Inc.
  • Pandora Media, Inc.
  • Reliance Majestic Holdings, LLC
  • Rhapsody International Inc.
  • Slacker, Inc.
  • Smule, Inc.
  • Spotify USA Inc.

Plaintiff: Guada Technologies LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Direction IP Law

Patent: 7,231,379 (Navigation in a hierarchical structured transaction processing system).

Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC v. Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation (E.D. Tex.). (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation
  • Badoo Trading Limited
  • Grindr LLC
  • MeetMe, Inc.
  • com, Inc.
  • Skout, Inc.
  • Foursquare Labs, Inc.
  • TangoMe, Inc.
  • Tumblr, Inc.

Plaintiff: Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Kizzia Johnson

Patent: 8,437,797 (Wireless image distribution system and method).

Banertek LLC v. Care.com, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

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

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Care.com, Inc.

Plaintiff: Banertek LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Zimmerman Weiser & Paray

Patent: 6,839,731 (System and method for providing data communication in a device network).

IntegraCore, LLC v. Shipping and Transit, LLC, (D. Utah).

Judge: Senior District Judge Dale A. Kimball

Claim: Declaratory Judgment

Defendant: Shipping and Transit, LLC

Plaintiff: IntegraCore, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Trask Britt

Patents: 6,415,207 (System and method for automatically providing vehicle status information); 6,763,299 (Notification systems and methods with notifications based upon prior stop locations); 6,904,359 (Notification systems and methods with user-definable notifications based upon occurance of events); and 7,400,970 (System and method for an advance notification system for monitoring and reporting proximity of a vehicle).

Location Services IP, LLC v. CFA Properties, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

Judge: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • 7-Eleven, Inc.
  • CFA Properties, Inc.
  • CFA Servco, Inc.
  • Chick-fil-A, Inc.
  • Baskin-Robbins Franchising LLC d/b/a Baskin Robbins
  • Baskin Robbins LLC d/b/a Baskin’ Robbins
  • BR IP Holder LLC f/k/a Baskin-Robbins, Inc. d/b/a Baskin’ Robbins d/b/a Baskin’ Robbins Mobile
  • DD IP Holder, LLC d/b/a Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. d/b/a Dunkin’ Donuts d/b/a Baskin Robbins
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Franchising LLC d/b/a Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Dunkin’ Donuts LLC d/b/a Dunkin’ Donuts
  • GasBuddy, LLC f/k/a GasBuddy Organization, Inc.
  • GasBuddy OpenStore, LLC d/b/a GasBuddy Retail Solutions

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).

Anuwave, LLC v. First Personal Financial Corp. d/b/a First Personal Bank, (N.D. Ill.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly; District Judge Elaine E. Bucklo; District Judge John J. Tharp, Jr.; District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan; District Judge Virginia M. Kendall; District Judge Milton I. Shadur; District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • First Personal Financial Corp. d/b/a First Personal Bank
  • Huntington Bancshares Incorporated d/b/a FirstMerit Bank
  • Royal Financial, Inc. d/b/a Royal Savings Bank
  • First American Bank Corporation
  • BankFinancial FSB
  • Associated Banc-Corp
  • Community Savings Bank

Plaintiff: Anuwave, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Andreou & Casson; and Ferraiuoli

Patent: 8,295,862 (Method and system to enable communication through SMS communication channel).

Coqui Technologies, LLC v. CashStar Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • CashStar Inc.
  • Gyft, Inc.
  • Transaction Wireless, Inc.
  • Givex USA Corporation

Plaintiff: Coqui Technologies, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Ni Wang & Massand

Patent: 7,580,864 (Method for circulating an electronic gift certificate in online and offline system).

Uniloc USA, Inc. et al v. Nutanix, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Nutanix, Inc.

Plaintiffs:

  • Uniloc Luxembourg, SA
  • Uniloc USA, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Cesari and McKenna; and Tadlock Law Firm

Patents: 6,324,578 (Methods, systems and computer program products for management of configurable application programs on a network); 6,510,466 (Methods, systems and computer program products for centralized management of application programs on a network); 6,728,766 (Methods, systems and computer program products for license use management on a network); and 7,069,293 (Methods, systems and computer program products for distribution of application programs to a target station on a network).