August was a moderately active month for NPE filings. Frequent filers included Hawk Technology, Landmark Technology Reflection Code, Rothschild, Shipping & Transit, and Uniloc.

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Banertek LLC v. Badoo Trading Limited, (E.D. Tex.).

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

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Badoo Trading Limited
  • Spark Networks, Inc.
  • Snap Interactive, Inc.
  • Grindr LLC
  • MeetMe, Inc.
  • TangoMe, Inc.
  • Zoosk, Inc.

Plaintiff: Banertek LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Zimmerman Weiser & Paray

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

Autumn Cloud LLC v. Radio One, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

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

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Radio One, Inc.
  • Brightcove, Inc.
  • Defy Media, Inc.
  • Groupon LLC
  • Kaltura, Inc.
  • com
  • Lonely Planet
  • Ooyala, Inc.
  • Pinterest, Inc.
  • SugarSync, Inc.
  • Travelzoo Inc.
  • TripAdvisor, Inc.
  • Twitter, Inc.
  • United Continental Holdings, Inc.
  • Virgin America, Inc.

Plaintiff: Autumn Cloud LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Zimmerman Weiser & Paray

Patents: 7,606,843 (System and method for customizing the storage and management of device data in a networked environment); and 8,239,347 (System and method for customizing the storage and management of device data in a networked environment).

Uniloc USA, Inc. et al v. Big Fish Games, Inc., (E.D. Tex.); (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap; District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Big Fish Games, Inc.
  • Blackboard, Inc.
  • Box, Inc.
  • Carbonite, Inc.
  • NetSuite, Inc.
  • Zendesk Inc.
  • Kaspersky Lab, Inc.
  • Square Enix, Inc.
  • Trend Micro Incorporated
  • Telegram Messenger, LLP
  • Vonage America, Inc.
  • Vonage Holdings Corp.

Plaintiffs:

  • Uniloc Luxembourg, SA
  • Uniloc USA, Inc.

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

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); 7,069,293 (Methods, systems and computer program products for distribution of application programs to a target station on a network); 6,728,766 (Methods, systems and computer program products for license use management on a network); 7,535,890 (System and method for instant VoIP messaging); 8,199,747 (System and method for instant VoIP messaging); 8,243,723 (System and method for instant VoIP messaging); 8,724,622 (System and method for instant VoIP messaging); and 8,995,433 (System and method for instant VoIP messaging).

Verify Smart Corp. v. Ally Bank, (D.N.J.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Ally Bank
  • JP Morgan Chase 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).

Hawk Technology Systems, LLC v. NYC Motorcycles, Inc., (E.D.N.Y.; E.D. Mich.); (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Gershwin A. Drain; Magistrate Judge David R. Grand

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • NYC Motorcycles, Inc.
  • Grakon, LLC

Plaintiff: Hawk Technology Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: The James Law Firm; and Marc Shulman & Associates

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

Reflection Code LLC v. Bunn-O-Matic Corporation, (E.D. Mich.); (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Bernard A. Friedman; Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen; District Judge Gershwin A. Drain; Magistrate Judge Mona K Majzoub; District Judge Stephen J. Murphy, III; Magistrate Judge Anthony P. Patti; District Judge Paul D. Borman; District Judge Robert H Cleland; Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Stafford; District Judge Denise Page Hood; District Judge Terrence G. Berg

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
  • John Soules Foods, Inc.
  • Diversified Dynamics Corporation d/b/a HomeRight
  • Char-Broil, LLC
  • Abbott Laboratories, Inc.
  • Electrolux Home Care Products, Inc.
  • First Act Inc.
  • Edgecraft Corporation
  • Farouk Systems Inc.

Plaintiff: Reflection Code LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Jackier Gould

Patents: 7,963,446 (Bar code device); 8,733,657 (Barcode device); and 8,763,907 (Barcode device).

Meraloc, LLC v. At Home Stores LLC, (E.D. Tex.).

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

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • At Home Stores LLC
  • Harbor Freight Tools USA, Inc.
  • Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
  • Nordstrom, Inc.
  • Safeway Inc. d/b/a Tom Thumb

Plaintiff: Meraloc, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Ferraiuoli

Patent: 7,451,262 (Removable memory storage device having a display).

511 Technologies Inc. et al v. Delta Air Lines, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • Southwest Airlines Co.
  • Internet Brands, Inc.
  • ZAM Network LLC

Plaintiffs:

  • 511 Technologies, Inc.
  • Caddo Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Russ August & Kabat

Patents: 7,191,411 (Active path menu navigation system); 7,216,301 (Active path menu navigation system); 7,640,517 (Active path menu navigation system); 7,725,836 (Active path navigation system); and 8,352,880 (Active path navigation system).

Tatcha, LLC v. Landmark Technology LLC, (N.D. Cal.).

Claim: Declaratory Judgment

Defendant: Landmark Technology, LLC

Plaintiff: Tatcha, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Mitchell + Company

Patents: 6,289,319 (Automatic business and financial transaction processing system); and 7,010,508 (Automated multimedia data processing network).

Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC v. Fandango Media, LLC, (E.D. Tex.); (multiple cases).

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

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Fandango Media, LLC
  • JK Imaging Ltd.
  • PLR Brand Services, LLC
  • PLR Ecommerce, LLC
  • PLR IP Holdings, LLC
  • Cellco Partnership, Inc. d/b/a Verizon Wireless
  • FieldOne Systems LLC
  • FleetMatics USA Group Holdings, Inc.
  • FleetMatics USA Holdings, Inc.
  • Fleetmatics USA, LLC
  • Intuit Inc.
  • Kickserv, Inc.
  • Oracle America, Inc.
  • ServiceMax, Inc.
  • Telogis, Inc.
  • WorkWave LLC

Plaintiff: Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Kizzia Johnson; and Ferraiuoli

Patent: 8,856,221 (System and method for storing broadcast content in a cloud-based computing environment); 8,437,797 (Wireless image distribution system and method); and 7456872 (Device and method for embedding and retrieving information in digital images).

Shipping and Transit, LLC v. Roll-On Industries, (S.D. Fla.; C.D. Cal.); (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg; District Judge Beth Bloom

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Roll-On Industries
  • Serra International, Inc.
  • Dispatch Technologies, Inc.
  • DISH Network Corporation
  • DISH Network, LLC
  • Inlight Labs Pty Ltd
  • io Inc.
  • Comcast Corporation
  • Woodland International Transport Co Limited
  • Woodland International Transport Company Inc.
  • Hall Enterprises, Inc.
  • Fulmer Logistics
  • Ship it Smarter

Plaintiff: Shipping and Transit, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Leslie Robert Evans & Associates; and Cotman IP Law Group

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); 7,400,970 (System and method for an advance notification system for monitoring and reporting proximity of a vehicle); and 6,317,060 (Base station system and method for monitoring travel of mobile vehicles and communicating notification messages).

MacroPoint, LLC v. Ruiz Food Products, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

Judges: Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell; and District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Ruiz Food Products, Inc.

Plaintiff: MacroPoint, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Siebman Burg Phillips & Smith; and Thompson Hine

Patents: 8,275,358 (Providing notice and receiving consent to obtain location information of a mobile device); and 9,429,659 (Machine or group of machines for monitoring location of a vehicle or freight carried by a vehicle).