February filings were slow, even compared to the two prior slow months. Frequent filers included Blackbird Technologies, Freenys, Guyzar, Hawk Technology Systems, Shipping & Transit, and Symbology.

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Blackbird Tech LLC d/b/a Blackbird Technologies v. Studio 3 Partners LLC d/b/a EPIX, (D. Del.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Studio 3 Partners LLC d/b/a EPIX
  • Mubi, Inc.
  • Netflix, Inc.
  • SoundCloud, Inc.
  • Starz Entertainment LLC
  • Vimeo, Inc.

Plaintiff: Blackbird Tech LLC d/b/a Blackbird Technologies

Pls. Cnsl: Blackbird Tech LLC d/b/a Blackbird Technologies; and Stamoulis & Weinblatt

Patent: 7,174,362 (Method and system for supplying products from pre-stored digital data in response to demands transmitted via computer network).

Hawk Technology Systems, LLC v. Piggly Wiggly, LLC, (N.D. Miss.; E.D. Tex.; S.D. Miss.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Debra M. Brown; Magistrate Judge Jane M. Virden; District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III; District Judge David L. Russell; District Judge William H. Barbour, Jr.; Magistrate Judge John C. Gargiulo

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Piggly Wiggly, LLC
  • HEB Grocery Company, LP
  • Tinker Federal Credit Union
  • Home Depot USA, Inc.

Plaintiff: Hawk Technology Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Henderson Dantone; and Corcoran IP Law

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

First-Class Monitoring, LLC v. Bank of America Corporation, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Bank of America Corporation
  • Citigroup Inc.

Plaintiff: First-Class Monitoring, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Stamoulis & Weinblatt

Patent: 6,014,089 (Method for transmitting data using a digital control channel of a wireless network).

realZOOM LLC v. L Brands, Inc. et al, (E.D. Tex.).

Judge: District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • L Brands, Inc.
  • Victoria’s Secret Stores, LLC

Plaintiff: realZOOM LLC

Pls. Cnsl: One LLP

Patent: 7,774,712 (Methods and systems for displaying an enlarged image).

Guyzar LLC v. Spiraledge, Inc. d/b/a SwimOutlet.com, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

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

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Spiraledge, Inc. d/b/a SwimOutlet.com
  • The Procter & Gamble Company

Plaintiff: Guyzar LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Ferraiuoli

Patent: 5,845,070 (Security system for internet provider transaction).

Express Mobile, Inc. v. Alpine Consulting, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

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

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Alpine Consulting, Inc.
  • Forix LLC
  • KTree Computer Solutions Inc.
  • Optaros, Inc.
  • Svanaco, Inc.
  • BigCommerce, Inc.

Plaintiff: Express Mobile, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Brent Coon & Associates; and Devlin Law Firm

Patents: 6,546,397 (Browser based web site generation tool and run time engine); and 7,594,168 (Browser based web site generation tool and run time engine).

Tangelo IP, LLC v. GameStop Corporation, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • GameStop Corporation
  • School Specialty, Inc.
  • Nordstrom, Inc.

Plaintiff: Tangelo IP, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Stamoulis & Weinblatt

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

Digital Verification Systems, LLC v. Square, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

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

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Square, Inc.
  • PayPal, Inc.
  • Clover Network, Inc.
  • PayAnywhere, Inc.

Plaintiff: Digital Verification Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Harper IP Group

Patent: 9,054,860 (Digital verified identification system and method).

Freeny, III et al v. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. et al, (E.D. Tex.).

Judge: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Disney Online
  • Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Plaintiffs:

  • Bryan E Freeny
  • Charles C Freeny, III
  • James P Freeny

Pls. Cnsl: Banys; and Truelove Law Firm

Patent: 6,490,443 (Communication and proximity authorization systems).

Symbology Innovations, LLC v. Briggs & Stratton Corporation, (W.D. Wis.) (multiple cases).

Judge: Magistrate Judge Stephen L. Crocker

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Briggs & Stratton Corporation
  • Johnson Financial Group
  • Kohler Co.
  • Lands’ End Inc.
  • Matco Tools Corp.

Plaintiff: Symbology Innovations, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Ferraiuoli; and MWH Law Group

Patents: 7,992,773 (System and method for presenting information about an object on a portable electronic device); 8,424,752 (System and method for presenting information about an object on a portable electronic device); 8,651,369 (System and method for presenting information about an object on a portable device); and 8,936,190 (System and method for presenting information about an object on a portable electronic device).