February saw a slight uptick in NPE activity, although it remained light presumably as everyone waited for the Supreme Court to decide Oil States. Frequent filers included Codec Technologies, Epic IP, Location Based Services, Spider Search Analytics, and Tangelo IP.

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Epic IP LLC v. Fareportal Inc. (S.D.N.Y.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Fareportal Inc.
  • JAND, Inc.
  • Sharp Electronics Corporation

Plaintiff: Epic IP LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Direction IP Law; and Zimmerman Law Group

Patent: 6,434,599 (Method and apparatus for on-line chatting).

Intellectual Tech LLC v. Sendum Wireless Corporation (E.D. Tex.).

Judge: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Sendum Wireless Corporation

Plaintiff: Intellectual Tech LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Klemchuk

Patent: 7,791,455 (Method and apparatus for autonomous detection of a given location or situation).

Spider Search Analytics LLC v. Sephora USA, Inc. (E.D. Tex.; N.D.Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judges: Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell; District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III; District Judge Sam R. Cummings

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Sephora USA, Inc.
  • adidas America, Inc.
  • The Home Depot, Inc.
  • Staples, Inc.
  • LVMH Watch & Jewelry USA Inc.

Plaintiff: Spider Search Analytics LLC , Inc. d/b/a TAG Heuer

Pls. Cnsl: Chaudhari Law; and Ferraiuoli

Patent: 7,454,430 (System and method for facts extraction and domain knowledge repository creation from unstructured and semi-structured documents).

Proximity Sensors of Texas, LLC v. Apple Inc. (E.D. Tex.).

Judges: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap; Magistrate Judge John D. Love

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Apple Inc.

Plaintiff: Proximity Sensors of Texas, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Nelson Bumgardner

Patent: 7,050,043 (Optical apparatus).

WhitServe LLC v. Donuts Inc. (D. Del.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Donuts Inc.
  • Name.com, Inc.
  • eNom, LLC

Plaintiff: WhitServe LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Stamoulis & Weinblatt

Patents: 5,895,468 (System automating delivery of professional services); and 6,182,078 (System for delivering professional services over the internet).

Amazon.com, Inc. et al. v. Personal Web Technologies, LLC et al. (N.D. Cal.).

Claim: Declaratory Judgment

Defendants:

  • Level 3 Communications, LLC
  • PersonalWeb Technologies, LLC

Plaintiffs:

  • Amazon.com, Inc.
  • Amazon Web Services, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Fenwick & West

Patents: 5,978,791 (Data processing system using substantially unique identifiers to identify data items, whereby identical data items have the same identifiers); 6,928,442 (Enforcement and policing of licensed content using content-based identifiers); 7,802,310 (Controlling access to data in a data processing system); 7,945,544 (Similarity-based access control of data in a data processing system); and 8,099,420 (Accessing data in a data processing system).

Mesa Digital LLC v. Amazon.com, Inc. (N.D. Ill.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge John Z. Lee; District Judge Thomas M. Durkin; District Judge Manish S. Shah; District Judge Edmond E. Chang

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Amazon.com, Inc.
  • BlackBerry Corporation
  • Lenovo (United States) Inc.
  • Sony Corporation of America

Plaintiff: Mesa Digital LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Rabicoff Law

Patents: 9,031,537 (Electronic wireless hand held multimedia device); and 9,646,444 (Electronic wireless hand held multimedia device).

Codec Technologies LLC v. Cinemark USA, Inc. (E.D. Tex.; S.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Cinemark USA, Inc.
  • Texas Instruments Incorporated
  • Mattel, Inc.

Plaintiff: Codec Technologies LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Chaudhari Law

Patent: 6,825,780 (Multiple codec-imager system and method).

Optimize Technology Solutions, LLC v. Performance Inc. d/b/a Performance Bicycle Shop (E.D. Tex.).

Judge: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Performance Inc. d/b/a Performance Bicycle Shop

Plaintiff: Optimize Technology Solutions, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Sprinkle IP Law Group; and Toler Law Group

Patent: 6,330,592 (Method, memory, product, and code for displaying pre-customized content associated with visitor data).

Spycurity LLC v. Dialogic Inc. (D. Del.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Dialogic Inc.
  • Edgewater Networks, Inc.
  • Genband US LLC
  • KVH Industries, Inc.

Plaintiff: Spycurity LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Rabicoff Law; and Stamoulis & Weinblatt

Patent: 5,809,118 (System and method for triggering actions at a host computer by telephone).

Location Based Services, LLC v. Sony Electronics Inc. (D. Del.)

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Sony Electronics Inc.
  • Cobra Electronics Corporation

Plaintiff: Location Based Services, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Bayard; and Ni Wang & Massand

Patent: 8,311,733 (Interactive key frame image mapping system and method).

Tangelo IP, LLC v. Arbonne International, LLC (D. Del.; S.D.N.Y.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Arbonne International, LLC
  • Houdini Inc.
  • Hammacher Schlemmer & Company, Inc.

Plaintiff: Tangelo IP, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Stamoulis & Weinblatt

Patent: 8,429,005 (Method for determining effectiveness of display of objects in advertising images).