May was a quieter month, with a few frequent flier trolls, including Innovatio, Landmark Technology, Lodsys and U.S. Ethernet Innovations, filing additional suits. 

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.

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Titanide Ventures, LLC v. Amazon.com, Inc. et al., (E.D. Tex.)(multiple cases).

Judges:           Clark and Schell

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:  

  • Amazon.com, Inc.
  • Jungle Disk, LLC
  • Egnyte, Inc.
  • Verizon Communications, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Titanide Ventures, LLC

Pls. Counsel:  The Lanier Law Firm and Ward & Smith Law Firm

Patents:          6,714,968 (Method and system for seamless access to a remove storage server utilizing multiple access interfaces executing on the remote server); and 6,735,623 (Method and system for accessing a remote storage area).

Execware, LLC v. CVS Caremark Corporation, (D. Del.) (multiple cases).

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:  

  • CVS Caremark Corporation
  • CVS Pharmacy, Inc.
  • Dillards, Inc.
  • Hyatt Corporation
  • PetSmart, Inc.
  • Sears Brands, LLC
  • Kmart.com, LLC
  • Kmart Corporation
  • Sears, Roebuck & Co.
  • Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
  • Overstock.com, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Execware, LLC

Pls. Counsel:  Bayard and Russ August & Kabat

Patent:           6,216,139 (Integrated dialog box for rapidly altering presentation of parametric text data objects on a computer display).

Tejas Research, LLC v. Playboy Enterprises, Inc., 6-12-cv-00299 (E.D. Tex.)(multiple cases).

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:  

  • Playboy.com, Inc.
  • Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
  • Vivid Entertainment
  • Walgreen Co
  • Walgreens.com, Inc.
  • Getty Images, Inc.
  • LFP Internet Group, LLC
  • The Neiman-Marcus Group, Inc.
  • Academy, Ltd.

Plaintiff:         Tejas Research, LLC

Pl. Counsel:    Ni Law Firm

Patent:           6,006,231 (File format for an image including multiple versions of an image, and related system and method).

Accuhire.com Corp. v. Starbucks (E.D. Tex.).  

Judge:             Murguia

Claim:             Amended infringement complaint

Defendant:     Starbucks Corporation

Plaintiff:         Accuhire.com Corp.

Pls. Counsel:  Stevens Love and Wagstaff & Cartmell

Patent:           7,778,938 (System and method for screening of job applicants).

c4cast.com, Inc. v. Dell, Inc. (E.D. Tex.)(multiple cases).  

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:  

  • Dell, Inc.
  • Blockbuster, LLC
  • Dish Network Corporation
  • JC Penney Company, Inc.
  • Sally Beauty Supply, LLC
  • Francesca’s Collections, Inc.
  • Rent-A-Center, Inc.
  • Radioshack Corporation
  • GameStop Corp.

Plaintiff:         c4cast.com, Inc.

Pl. Counsel:    Ni Law Firm

Patents:          6,658,467 (Provision of informational resources over an electronic network); and 7,958,204 (Community-selected content).

Lodsys Group, LLC v. Bank of America Corporation, (E.D. Tex.)(multiple cases).

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:  

  • Bank of America Corporation
  • Epicor Software Corporation
  • Hoover’s, Inc.
  • Market America, Inc.
  • Network Solutions LLC
  • Overstock.com, Inc.
  • Sleepy’s, LLC
  • The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.
  • Becker Professional Development Corporation
  • Foster and Smith, Inc.
  • Recreational Equipment, Inc.
  • Walgreen Co.
  • Rosetta Stone, Inc.
  • Dell, Inc.
  • AVG Technologies USA, Inc.
  • GFI Software, Inc.
  • Kaspersky Lab, Inc.
  • Raxco Software, Inc.
  • Symantec Corporation
  • Webroot Software, Inc.
  • GCMI Internet Operations, Inc.
  • Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
  • RK Netmedia, Inc.
  • Score Internet Group, LLC
  • Vouyer Media, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Lodsys Group, LLC

Pls. Counsel:  Kelley Donion Gill Huck & Goldfarb and The Davis Firm

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

Unified Messaging Solutions, LLC v. Etsy, Inc. (S.D. N.Y.).  

Judge:             Scheindlin

Claim:             Amended infringement complaint

Defendant:     Etsy, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Unified Messaging, LLC

Pls. Counsel:  Hanly Conroy Bierstein Sheridan Fisher & Hay; and The Simon Law Firm

Patents:          6,857,074 (Systems and method for storing, delivering and managing messages); 7,836,141 (Systems and method for storing, delivering and managing messages); 7,895,306 (Systems and method for storing, delivering and managing messages); 7,895,313 (Systems and method for storing, delivering and managing messages); and 7,934,148 (Systems and method for storing, delivering and managing messages).

US Ethernet Innovations, LLC v. Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc. (E.D. Tex.)(multiple cases).

Judge:             Davis

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:  

  • Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc.
  • Konica Minolta Holdings USA, Inc.
  • Sharp Electronics Corporation
  • Digi International, Inc.
  • Epson America, Inc.
  • NetSilicon, Inc.

Plaintiff:         US Ethernet Innovations, LLC

Pls. Counsel:  Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd and Ward & Smith Law Firm

Patents:          5,299,313 (Network interface with host independent buffer management); 5,434,872 (Apparatus for automatic initiation of data transmission); and 5,732,094 (Method for automatic initiation of data transmission).

Eclipse IP LLC v. Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. (E.D. Tex.). 

Judges:           Gilstrap and Payne

Claim:             Infringement

Defendant:     Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Eclipse IP LLC

Pl. Counsel:    Gillam & Smith

Patents:          7,119,716 (Response systems and methods for notification systems for modifying future notifications); 7,319,414 (Secure notification messaging systems and methods using authentication indicia); 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); and 7,876,239 (Secure notification messaging systems and methods using authentication indicia).

Innovatio IP Ventures, LLC v. Barnes & Noble, Inc. (N. D. Ill.)(multiple cases).

Judge:             Holderman

Claim:             Infringement 

Defendants:  

  • Barnes & Noble, Inc.
  • Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • The Home Depot, Inc.
  • HVM LLC (d/b/a Studio Plus Deluxe Studios)
  • Jewel Food Stores, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Innovatio IP Ventures, LLC

Pl. Counsel:    Niro Haller & Niro

Patents:          5,546,397 (High reliability access point for wireless local area network); 5,740,366 (Communication network having a plurality of bridging nodes which transmit a beacon to terminal nodes in power saving state that it has messages awaiting delivery); 5,844,893 (System for coupling host computer means with base transceiver units on a local area network); 5,940,771 (Network supporting roaming, sleeping, terminals); 6,374,311 (Communication network having a plurality of bridging nodes which transmit a beacon to terminal nodes in power saving state that it has messages awaiting delivery); 6,665,536 (Local area network having multiple channel wireless access); 6,697,415 (Spread spectrum transceiver module utilizing multiple mode transmission); 6,714,559 (Redundant radio frequency network having a roaming terminal communication protocol); 7,013,138 (Local area network having multiple channel wireless access); 7,386,002 (Redundant radio frequency network having a roaming terminal communication protocol); 7,457,646 (Radio frequency local area network); 7,535,921 (Redundant radio frequency network having a roaming terminal communication protocol); 7,536,167 (Network supporting roaming, sleeping terminals Gollnick); 7,548,553 (Redundant radio frequency network having a roaming terminal communication protocol 7,710,907 (Local area network having multiple channel wireless access); 7,873,343 (Communication network terminal with sleep capability); and 7,916,747 (Redundant radio frequency network having a roaming terminal communication protocol).

Landmark Technology, LLC v. DSW, Inc. (E.D. Tex.). 

Judge:             Davis

Claim:             Infringement

Defendant:     DSW, Inc 

Plaintiff:         Landmark Technology, LLC

Pls. Counsel:  Jeffers Mangels Butler & Mitchell and Parker Bunt & Ainsworth

Patents:          5,576,951 (Automated sales and services system); 6,289,319 (Automatic business and financial transaction processing system) and 7,101,508 (Automated multimedia data processing network).

21 srl v. ACE Hardware Corporation (N.D. Ill.). 

Judge:             Bucklo

Claim:             Infringement 

Defendants:

  • ACE Hardware Corporation
  • GSI Commerce Solutions, Inc.

Plaintiff:         21 srl

Pl. Counsel:    Niro Haller & Niro

Patents:          7,778,993 (Dynamic Taxonomy process for browsing and retrieving information in large heterogeneous data bases); 8,041,699 (Process of dynamic taxonomy for browsing and retrieving information in large heterogeneous data bases).

Cathas Advanced Technologies LLC v. Amazon.com , Inc. (D. Del.)(multiple cases). 

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:  

  • Amazon.com, Inc.
  • Apple Inc.
  • Expedia, Inc.
  • Groupon, Inc.
  • LinkedIn Corporation
  • Oracle Corporation

Plaintiff:         Cathas Advanced Technologies LLC

Pl. Counsel:    Bayard

Patents:          7,412,446 (Method, system and storage medium for providing supplier branding services over a communication s network).

Click-to-Call Technologies LP v. AT&T, Inc. (W.D. Tex.)(multiple cases). 

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:  

  • AT&T, Inc.
  • Ether, a division of Ingenio, Inc.
  • Ingenio, Inc.
  • Ingenio, Inc., d/b/a Keen
  • Yellowpages.com
  • BMO Harris Bank, NA
  • Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc.
  • Dell, Inc.
  • eStara, Inc.
  • Esurance
  • Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
  • HSBC Finance Corporation
  • Macy’s, Inc.
  • Oracle Corporation
  • The Allstate Corporation
  • LivingSocial, Inc.
  • eHarmony, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Click to Call Technologies LP

Pl. Counsel:    Susan Godfrey

Patents:          5,818,836 (Method and apparatus for anonymous voice communication using an online data service).

Tse v. Blockbuster, LLC (E.D. Tex.)(multiple cases).

Judge:             Clark

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:

  • Blockbuster, LLC
  • Google, Inc.
  • HTC America, Inc.
  • Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC

Plaintiff:         Ho Keung Tse (pro se)

Patent:           6,665,797 (Protection of software again against unauthorized use).