On December 16, 2010, Secure Axcess, LLC. filed a patent infringement suit against 33 banks asserting two patents related to web page authentication (U.S. Patent Nos. 7,203,838 and 7,631,191). Defendants include First Community Bancshares, Zions First National Bank, A.N.B. Holding Company, First National Bank of Omaha, Compass Bancshares, Frost National Bank, Sterling Bank, First Bank & Trust, East Texas Bank of the Ozarks, First National Bank, Texas First National Bank, Southwest Sterling Bancshares, First National of Nebraska, Arvest Bank Group, Amegy Bank, Arvest Bank, Bank of America, Harris Bank of America, American National Bank of Texas, Citizens 1st Bank, ING Direct Bancorp, Harris Bankcorp, Austin Bancorp, Intouch Credit Union, Austin Bank of Texas, Diboll State Bancshares, Compass Bank, Bank of the Ozarks, Cullen/Frost Bankers, North Dallas Bank & Trust, Zions Bancorporation, and ING Bank, fsb.
Secure Axcess focuses on online device authentication and identity access management, and its web site indicates that the company is “dedicated to monetization and management of Internet security patents.” This is the first federal patent suit filed by this plaintiff.