The trolls started slow in January.  Repeat filers included Landmark Technology, Hawk Technology, MPHJ, Marshall Feature Recognition, and Wolf Run Hollow.

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JC Penney Corporation, Inc. v. Eolas Technologies, Inc. et al, (N.D. Cal.).

Claim:             Declaratory Judgment

Defendants:

  • Eolas Technologies, Inc.
  • The Regents of the University of California

Plaintiff:         JC Penney Corporation, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl:        JC Penney Corporation, Inc.

Patents:          8,082,293 (Distributed hypermedia method and system for automatically invoking external application providing interaction and display of embedded objects within a hypermedia document); and 8,086,662 (Distributed hypermedia method and system for automatically invoking external application providing interaction and display of embedded objects within a hypermedia document).

Hawk Technology Systems, LLC v. Hollywood Beach Resort Rental Program, LLC, (S.D. Fla.; D.N.J.; M.D. Fla.; N.D. Ill.) (multiple cases).

Judges:           District Judge James I. Cohn; District Judge K. Michael Moore; Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Arpert; District Judge William J. Zloch; District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr.; Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Kelly; District Judge John Z. Lee

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:

  • Hollywood Beach Resort Rental Program, LLC
  • Sakert Shoprites, Inc.
  • Costco Wholesale Corporation
  • Universal City Development Partners, Ltd.
  • Pacific Langham Chicago Corporation, d/b/a The Langham Chicago

Plaintiff:         Hawk Technology Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Lipscomb Eisenberg & Baker; Patrick J Cerillo, LLC; Schulz Law

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

Tejas Research, LLC v. Dillard’s, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:

  • O’Reilly Automotive, Inc.
  • QVC, Inc.
  • Starbucks Corporation
  • Tractor Supply Company

Plaintiff:         Tejas Research, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Austin Hansley PLLC

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

NovelPoint Tracking LLC v. Austad’s Golf, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:

  • Budget Golf II, Inc.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc.
  • Golf Galaxy, Inc.
  • Edwin Watts Golf Shops, LLC
  • Global Value Commerce, Inc. dba Global Golf
  • Pro Golf Discount, Inc.
  • Golfsmith International Holdings Inc dba Golfsmith
  • Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, Inc.
  • The Golf Warehouse, Inc.
  • Worldwide Golf Enterprises, Inc.

Plaintiff:         NovelPoint Tracking LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Spangler Law; Stamoulis & Weinblatt

Patent:           6,442,485 (Method and apparatus for an automatic vehicle location, collision notification, and synthetic voice).

MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC v. Dillard’s, Inc., (D. Del.) (multiple cases).

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:

  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Huhtamaki Americas, Inc.
  • Unum Group  

Plaintiff:         MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Farney Daniels; Stamoulis & Weinblatt

Patents:          7,477,410 (Distributed computer architecture and process for virtual copying); and 8,488,173 (Distributed computer architecture and process for document management).

Ideative Product Ventures, Inc. v. CTA Digital Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Judge:             District Judge Richard A. Schell

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:

  • Staples, Inc.
  • StarTech.com USA, LLP
  • Lindy Computer Connection Technology, Inc.
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Monoprice, Inc.
  • Monster Cable Products, Inc.
  • Tera Grand Corporation
  • Philips Electronics North America Corporation
  • TigerDirect, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Ideative Product Ventures, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl:        Klemchuk Kubasta

Patent:           7,494,343 (Multiple degrees of freedom connectors and adapters).

Marshall Feature Recognition LLC v. Kao USA, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

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

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:

  • Select Comfort Retail Corporation
  • The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Walgreen Co.

Plaintiff:         Marshall Feature Recognition LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Austin Hansley PLLC

Patent:           6,886,750 (Method and apparatus for accessing electronic data via a familiar printed medium).

Wolf Run Hollow, LLC v. Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc., (E.D. Tex.)

Judge:             District Judge Rodney Gilstrap

Claim:             Infringement

Defendant:     Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Wolf Run Hollow, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Austin Hansley PLLC

Patent:           6,115,817 (Methods and systems for facilitating transmission of secure messages across insecure networks).

Landmark Technology, LLC v. Deluxe Corp., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:

  • Louis Vuitton North America Inc.
  • Newell Rubbermaid, Inc.
  • Nutrisystem, Inc.
  • The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc.
  • Union Pacific Corp.

Plaintiff:         Landmark Technology, LLC

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

Patents:          5,576,951 (Automated sales and services system); and 7,010,508 (Automated multimedia data processing network).

Online News Link LLC v. Backcountry.com, Inc., (D. Del.) (multiple cases).

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:

  • Bodybuilding.com, LLC
  • Evite, Inc
  • Provide Commerce, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Online News Link LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        DiNovo Price Ellwanger & Hardy; Farnan

Patents:          7,181,758 (Information distribution and processing system); 7,508,789 (Information distribution and processing system); and 8,457,545 (Information distribution and processing system).

Joao Bock Transaction Systems, LLC v. MasterCard Inc., (D. Del.).

Claim:             Infringement

Defendant:     MasterCard Inc.

Plaintiff:         Joao Bock Transaction Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Heninger Garrison Davis; Stamoulis & Weinblatt

Patent:           7,096,003 (Transaction security apparatus).

Lone Star WiFi LLC v. Omni Hotel Corporation et al, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:

  • Omni Hotels Corporation
  • Omni Hotels Management Corporation
  • Marriott International, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Lone Star WiFi LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Nelson Bumgardner Casto; Ward & Smith Law Firm

Patents:          7,490,348 (Wireless network having multiple communication allowances); 8,312,286 (Wireless network having multiple communication allowances); an 8,583,935 (Wireless network having multiple communication allowances).

E2E Processing, Inc. v. Cabela’s Incorporated, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).

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

Claim:             Infringement

Defendants:

  •  Crocs, Inc.
  • Crocs Retail LLC
  • Hallmark Cards Incorporated
  • Hallmark.com, LLC
  • Hallmark Interactive LLC
  • Nordstrom, Inc.

Plaintiff:         E2E Processing, Inc.

Pls. Cnsl:        Liner; Spangler Law

Patent:           6,981,222 (End-to-end transaction processing and statusing system and method).

Pollin Patent Licensing, LLC et al v. CNA Financial Corporation, (N.D. Ill.).

Judge:             District Judge Marvin E. Aspen

Claim:             Infringement

Defendant:     CNA Financial Corporation

Plaintiffs:

  • Autoscribe Corporation
  • Pollin Patent Licensing, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Niro Haller & Niro

Patent:           7,117,171 (System and method for making a payment from a financial account).