Wolf Run Hollow LLC, filed a patent infringement complaint and a request for declaratory judgment relief against Jack Henry and Associates, Inc., and its newly acquired subsidiary, iPay Technologies, LLC. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on September 21, 2010. The case is styled Wolf Run Hollow LLC v. Jack Henry and Associates, Inc., et al. (Source: RFC Express, 9-22-2010).1 The patent-in-suit is U.S. Patent No. 6,115,817, entitled “Methods and Systems for Facilitating Transmission of Secure Messages Across Insecure Networks.”

Wolf Run Hollow LLC, has filed suits involving the ’817 patent in four federal courts this year. In October 2009, Wolf Run Hollow LLC also asserted the ’817 patent in a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, accusing 14 banks of patent infringement. The ’817 patent also has been asserted in lawsuits against three Georgia financial institutions filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Two declaratory judgment cases brought by accused infringers also are pending. See Digital Insight Corporation v. Wolf Run Hollow LLC, Civil Action File No. 3:10-cv-01552-M (N.D. Tex. Filed Aug. 10, 2010), and Open Solutions, Inc. v. Wolf Run Hollow LLC, Civil Action File No. 4:10-cv-03442 (S.D. Tex. Filed Sept. 23, 2010).

The ’817 patent allegedly relates to methods and systems for transmitting secure messages across an insecure network. For example, a sender may request a recipient’s security software object by clicking on an icon on the recipient’s Web page. A security software object is transmitted to the sender, and the object is utilized to secure the sender’s message back to the recipient.