After a legislation-fueled spike of cases in April, the trolls slowed considerably in May. Repeat filers included Cascades Branding, Clear With Computers, Eclipse IP, Olivistar, and TQP Development.

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Cascades Branding Innovation LLC v. Abercrombie & Fitch, Co., (N.D. Ill.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly; District Judge Robert W. Gettleman; District Judge Edmond E. Chang

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch, Co.
  • GameStop Corp.
  • Jo-Ann Stores, LLC

Plaintiff: Cascades Branding Innovation LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Flachsbart & Greenspoon

Patents: 7,768,395 (Brand mapping); 8,106,766 (Brand mapping); and 8,405,504 (Brand mapping).

TQP Development, LLC v. Allied Electronics, Inc. (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

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

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • American Airlines, Inc.
  • American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc.
  • Brooks Brothers Group, Inc.
  • Carestream Dental LLC
  • Columbia Sportswear USA Corporation
  • eBags, Inc.
  • Estee Lauder Inc.
  • Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc.
  • Groupon, Inc.
  • Hayneedle, Inc.
  • Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
  • Inter-Continental Hotels Corporation
  • Kaiser Permanente Ventures, LLC
  • LL Bean, Inc.
  • Marriott International, Inc.
  • Hilton Worldwide, Inc.
  • J Crew Group, Inc.

Furnitureland South, Inc.

Plaintiff: TQP Development, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Austin Hansley PLLC

Patent: 5,412,730 (Encrypted data transmission system employing means for randomly altering the encryption keys).

BSG Tech LLC v. Inteladerm LLC, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Konarqui Internet Services LLC
  • Spiraledge Inc. d/b/a SwimOutlet.com
  • Toolup.com LLC
  • Albee Baby Carriage Co., Inc.
  • Costume Craze, LLC
  • Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.
  • J.A. Cosmetics, Corp.

Plaintiff: BSG Tech LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Direction IP Law

Patents: 6,035,294 (Wide access databases and database systems); 6,195,652 (Self-evolving database and method of using same); and 6,243,699 (Systems and methods of indexing and retrieving data).

NeoMedia Technologies, Inc. v. Target Corporation, (D. Colo.)

Judge: Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Target Corporation

Plaintiff: NeoMedia Technologies, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Global IP Law Group

Patents: 6,199,048 (System and method for automatic access of a remote computer over a network); 8,131,597 (System and method for using an ordinary article of commerce to access a remote computer).

Olivistar, LLC v. Legrand North America, Inc. (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Legrand North America, Inc.
  • Smartlabs, Inc.
  • Trane Inc.

VTech Electronics North America, LLC

Plaintiff: Olivistar, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Austin Hansley PLLC

Patents: 6,839,731 (System and method for providing data communication in a device network); and 8,239,481 (System and method for implementing open-control remote device control).

Eclipse IP LLC v. McKinley Equipment Corporation, (C.D. Cal.).

Judges: District Judge Andrew J. Guilford; Magistrate Judge Arthur Nakazato

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: McKinley Equipment Corporation

Plaintiff: Eclipse IP LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Newport Trial Group

Patents: 7,064,681 (Response systems and methods for notification systems); 7,113,110 (Stop list generation systems and methods based upon tracked PCD’s and responses from notified PCD’s); and 7,119,716 (Response systems and methods for notification systems for modifying future notifications).

EMG Technology, LLC v. CenturyLink, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Doctor’s Associates, Inc.
  • Fluor Corporation
  • Safelite Group, Inc.

Plaintiff: EMG Technology, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell; and Parker Bunt & Ainsworth

Patent: 7,441,196 (Apparatus and method of manipulating a region on a wireless device screen for viewing, zooming and scrolling internet content).

CYVA Research Holdings, LLC v. eBay Inc., (E.D. Tex.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: eBay Inc.

Plaintiff: CYVA Research Holdings, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Ni Wang & Massand

Patent: 8,195,569 (E-bazaar featuring personal information security).

Hawk Technology Systems, LLC v. Xtreme Indoor Karting, LLC, (S.D. Fla., C.D. Cal., E.D. Mich., M.D. Fla.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge William J. Zloch, District Judge Audrey B. Collins; Magistrate Judge Michael R. Wilner; Magistrate Judge Michael J. Hluchaniuk; Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Kelly; District Judge Gregory A. Presnell

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Xtreme Indoor Karting, LLC
  • California Cinema Investments, Inc.
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • NCL Corporation Ltd.

Plaintiff: Hawk Technology Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Lipscomb Eisenberg & Baker; and Law Office of Mark I Shulman

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

Clear With Computers, LLC v. eBags, Inc. (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge Leonard Davis

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • eBags, Inc.
  • Karmaloop, Inc.
  • Ellison Systems Inc. dba Shoplet.com

Plaintiff: Clear With Computers, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Spangler Law; and Stamoulis & Weinblatt

Patents: 5,625,776 (Electronic proposal preparation system for selling computer equipment and copy machines); and 7,606,739 (Electronic proposal preparation system).