July filings were up slightly as patent holders figured out where to file and cleared out a backlog of cases. As in June, post-TC Heartland filings, East Texas filings stayed way down and the bulk of the non-Texas filings went to Delaware, as well as to a lesser degree California and Illinois district courts, in particular. Frequent filers included Blackbird Technologies, JSDQ Mesh Technologies, Kaldren, Mirror Imaging, Realtime Data, and VOIT Technologies.

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Blackbird Tech LLC d/b/a Blackbird Technologies v. Scalematrix et al. (S.D. Cal.; D. Del.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Larry Alan Burns; Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Scalematrix
  • Scalematrix Holdings, Inc.
  • INRIX, Inc.
  • Capital One Financial Corporation

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

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

Patents: 8,424,885 (Method and apparatus for an environmentally-protected electronic equipment enclosure); 9,400,190 (Real-time traffic condition measurement using network transmission data); 7,958,214 (Method for secure transactions utilizing physically separated computers); 8,285,832 (Method for secure transactions utilizing physically separated computers); and 9,424,848 (Method for secure transactions utilizing physically separated computers).

RAH Color Technologies LLC v. Quad/Graphics, Inc. (N.D. Ill.; D. Colo.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Robert W. Gettleman; District Judge Sara L. Ellis

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Quad/Graphics, Inc.
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Plaintiff: RAH Color Technologies LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Global IP Law Group

Patents: 6,995,870 (System for distributing and controlling color reproduction at multiple sites); 7,312,897 (System for distributing and controlling color reproduction at multiple sites); 7,729,008 (System for distributing and controlling color reproduction at multiple sites); 7,830,546 (System for distributing and controlling color reproduction at multiple sites); 8,537,357 (System for distributing and controlling color reproduction at multiple sites); 8,760,704 (System for distributing and controlling color reproduction at multiple sites); 8,279,236 (Methods and apparatus for calibrating a color display); 8,638,340 (Color calibration of color image rendering devices); 9,404,802 (System for distributing and controlling color reproduction at multiple sites); and 9,516,288 (Color calibration of color image rendering devices).

VOIT Technologies, LLC v. It’s Only Natural, LLC (D. Colo.; S.D. Fla.; M.D. Fla.; W.D.N.C.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr.; Magistrate Judge Edwin G. Torres; Magistrate Judge James M. Hopkins; District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg; District Judge Paul G. Byron; Magistrate Judge Thomas B. Smith; District Judge Steven D. Merryday; Magistrate Judge Julie S. Sneed; District Judge Marcia Morales Howard; Magistrate Judge Monte C. Richardson; District Judge K. Michael Moore; Magistrate Judge Andrea M. Simonton; Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer; District Judge Frank D. Whitney; Magistrate Judge David Keesler; District Judge Richard Voorhees

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • It’s Only Natural, LLC
  • Bluegate, Inc.
  • CCTV Camera Pros, LLC
  • The Holster Store, Inc.
  • Budget Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
  • David Tyson Lighting, Inc.
  • Jackson Lighting and Electric Supply Company
  • Better Planet Brands, LLC
  • Combi USA, Inc.
  • Power Transmission Services, Inc.

Plaintiff: VOIT Technologies, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Lipscomb & Partners; and Leak & Jamison

Patent: 6,226,412 (Secure digital interactive system for unique product identification and sales)

Kaldren LLC v. AbbVie Inc. (N.D., Ill.; E.D. Wis.) (multiple cases).

Judges: District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly; District Judge Ronald A. Guzman; District Judge John J. Tharp, Jr.; District Judge Thomas M. Durkin; District Judge Elaine E. Bucklo; District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller; Magistrate Judge William E Duffin; Magistrate Judge Nancy Joseph

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • AbbVie Inc.
  • Allstate Insurance Holdings LLC
  • Anixter Inc.
  • Medline Industries, Inc.
  • Signode Industrial Group LLC
  • Marinette Marine Corporation
  • The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Western States Envelope Company
  • Woodway USA, Inc.

Plaintiff: Kaldren LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Corcoran IP Law; Media Litigation Firm; and Schulz Law

Patents: 6,098,882 (Variable formatting of digital data into a pattern); 6,176,427 (Variable formatting of digital data into a pattern); 6,820,807 (Variable formatting of digital data into a pattern); and 8,281,999 (Variable formatting of digital data into a pattern).

IDB Ventures, LLC v. DSW Inc. (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge Rodney Gilstrap

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • DSW Inc.
  • Academy Ltd.
  • Burlington Stores, Inc.

Plaintiff: IDB Ventures, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Cunningham Swaim

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

Spider Search Analytics LLC v. MicroPyramid Inc. (E.D. Tex.; D. Mass.) (multiple cases).

Judges: Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell; District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III; District Judge Denise J. Casper

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • MicroPyramid Inc.
  • Gift Hero, Inc.
  • HubSpot, Inc.

Plaintiff: Spider Search Analytics LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Ferraiuoli

Patent: 7,454,430 (System and method for facts extraction and domain knowledge repository creation from unstructured and semi-structured documents).

Fall Line Patents, LLC v. Choice Hotels (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Choice Hotels International, Inc.
  • Uber Technologies, Inc.

Plaintiff: Fall Line Patents, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Antonelli Harrington & Thompson

Patent: 9,454,748 (System and method for data management).

e-Numerate Solutions, Inc. et al v. Mattress Firm Holding Corp. (D. Del.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Mattress Firm Holding Corp.

Plaintiffs:

  • e-Numerate, LLC
  • e-Numerate Solutions, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: O’Kelly Ernst & Joyce; and O’Rourke Law Office

Patents: 7,650,355 (Reusable macro markup language); 8,185,816 (Combining reusable data markup language documents); 9,262,383 (System, method, and computer program product for processing a markup document); and 9,268,748 (System, method, and computer program product for outputting markup language documents).

Smart Authentication IP, LLC v. Personal Capital Corporation (D. Del.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Personal Capital Corporation

Plaintiff: Smart Authentication IP, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Stamoulis & Weinblatt

Patent: 8,082,213 (Method and system for personalized online security

Mirror Imaging LLC v. Austin Bancorp, Inc. (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Austin Bancorp, Inc.
  • Austin Bank, Texas NA
  • Independent Bank
  • Independent Bank Group, Inc.
  • LegacyTexas Bank
  • Legacy Texas Group, Inc.
  • Prosperity Bancshares, Inc.
  • Prosperity Bank
  • Southside Bank

Plaintiff: Mirror Imaging LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Rabicoff Law

Patents: 6,963,866 (Method of obtaining an electronically stored financial document); 7,552,118 (Method of obtaining an electronically-stored financial document); 7,836,067 (Method of obtaining electronically-stored financial documents); and 9,141,612 (Method of obtaining an electronically-stored financial document).

Hybrid Audio, LLC v. Adobe systems Incorporated (E.D. Del.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Adobe Systems Incorporated
  • AOL Inc.
  • Cyberlink Corporation
  • Navico, Inc.

Plaintiff: Hybrid Audio, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Devlin Law Firm

Patent: RE 40,281 (Signal processing utilizing a tree-structured array).

TMI Solutions LLC v. Bath & Body Works Direct, Inc. (D. Del.) (multiple cases).

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Bath & Body Works Direct, Inc.
  • Gap, Inc.
  • Nordstrom, Inc.
  • Staples, Inc.
  • L Brands, Inc.
  • Victoria’s Secret Stores, Inc.

Plaintiff: TMI Solutions LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Devlin Law Firm; and Nelson Bumgardner

Patents: 9,484,077 (Providing services from a remote computer system to a user station over a communications network); and 9,484,078 (Providing services from a remote computer system to a user station over a communications network).

Realtime Data LLC d/b/a IXO v. Acronis, Inc. (D. Mass.; D. Del.) (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge Indira Talwani

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Acronis, Inc.
  • EVault, Inc.

Plaintiff: Realtime Data LLC d/b/a IXO

Pls. Cnsl: Birnbaum & Godkin; Bayard; and Russ August & Kabat

Patents: 7,415,530 (System and methods for accelerated data storage and retrieval); 8,717,204 (Methods for encoding and decoding data); 9,054,728 (Data compression systems and methods); and 9,116,908 (System and methods for accelerated data storage and retrieval).

GTX Corp. v. Openbucks Corp. (N.D. Cal.).

Judge: Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Openbucks Corp.

Plaintiff: GTX Corp.

Pls. Cnsl: Ellis Law Group; and Rubin & Rudman

Patent: 6,876,979 (Electronic commerce bridge system).

Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc. v. NewZoom, LLC f/k/a NewZoom, Inc. d/b/a ZoomSystems et al. (D. Del.; N.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge Sam A. Lindsay

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • Benefit Cosmetics, LLC
  • Best Buy Stores, LP
  • Macy’s, Inc.
  • NewZoom, LLC f/k/a NewZoom, Inc. d/b/a ZoomSystems
  • The Honest Company, Inc.
  • Best Buy Co., Inc.

Plaintiff: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl: Munck Wilson Mandala; and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor

Patents: 6,328,180 (Apparatus and method for vending products); and 8,484,068 (Method and system for evaluating consumer demand for multiple products and services at remotely located equipment).

EveryMD.com LLC v. Amazon.com, Inc. (C.D. Cal.).

Claim: Infringement

Defendant: Amazon.com, Inc.

Plaintiff: EveryMD.com LLC

Pls. Cnsl: TechCoastLaw

Patent: 9,584,461 (Method and apparatus for transmitting electronic mail).

CustomPlay, LLC v. Amazon.com, Inc. (S.D. Fla.) (multiple cases).

Judge: District Judge Kenneth A. Marra

Claim: Infringement

Defendants:

  • com, Inc.
  • Apple Inc.

Plaintiff: CustomPlay, LLC

Pls. Cnsl: Carey Rodriguez Milian Gonya

Patents: 8,494,346 (Identifying a performer during a playing of a video); 9,124,950 (Providing item information notification during video playing); 9,380,282 (Providing item information during video playing); and 6,408,128 (Replaying with supplementary information a segment of a video).