Similar to January, February saw some frequent flier trolls, including ArrivalStar, Landmark Technology, Maxim Integrated Products, Round Rock Research, and Select Retrieval, filing additional suits. And there were some less frequent trolls that filed large numbers of cases this month, including Ameranth, Execware, MacroSolve, Patent Group, Soverain Software, and Unified Messaging Solutions.
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Landmark Technology, LLC v. Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).
Judge: District Judge Leonard Davis
- Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.
- Coldwater Creek, Inc.
- New York & Company, Inc.
Plaintiff: Landmark Technology, LLC
Counsel: Gregory S. Cordrey; Stanley M. Gibson; Charles Ainsworth; Robert Christopher Bunt
Patents: 5,576,951; 6,289,319; 7,010,508.
ArrivalStar SA et al. v. Zale Corporation, (S.D. Fla.).
Judge: District Judge Donald L. Graham
- Zale Corporation
- Safeway, Inc.
- British Airways PLC Corporation
- Sephora USA, Inc.
- Linens Holdings Co.
- Gucci America, Inc.
- Coach, Inc.
- Estee Lauder, Inc.
- ArrivalStar SA
- Melvino Technologies Limited
Counsel: McMahon Law Firm
Patents: 6,748,320 (Advance notification systems and methods utilizing a computer network) ; 6,904,359 (Notification systems and methods with user-definable notifications based upon occurrence of events); 6,952,645 (System and method for activation of an advance notification system for monitoring and reporting status of vehicle travel); and 7,400,970 (System and method for an advance notification system for monitoring and reporting proximity of a vehicle).
Select Retrieval, LLC v. Benchmark Brands, Inc., (N.D. Ga.).
Judge: District Judge J. Owen Forrester
Defendant: Benchmark Brands, Inc.
Plaintiff: Select Retrieval, LLC
Counsel: The Maxim Law Firm
Patent: 6,128,617 (Data display software with actions and links integrated with information).
Walker Digital, LLC v. Amazon.com, Inc., (D. Del.) (multiple cases).
- Amazon.com, Inc.
- Barnes & Noble, Inc.
- Expedia, Inc.
Plaintiff: Walker Digital, LLC
Counsel: Agility IP Law; Bayard
Patent: 8,112,359 (Pre-sale data broadcast system and method).
TQP Development, LLC v. British Airways, PLC, (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).
- British Airways, PLC
- Priceline.com, Inc.
- Moneygram International, Inc.
- NetSpend Corporation
Plaintiff: TQP Development, LLC
Counsel: Ni Law Firm; Russ August & Kabat; Spangler Law
Patent: 5,412,730 (Encrypted data transmission system employing means for randomly altering the encryption keys).
Stambler v. Newegg, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).
Defendant: Newegg, Inc.
Counsel: Leon Stambler; Eric Miller Albritton; Ronald Allen Dubner; Brent Nelson Bumgardner; Christie Brow Lindsey; Edward R Nelson III; Ryan P Griffin; Thomas Christopher Cecil; T John Ward, Jr.
Patent: 5,936,541 (Method for securing information relevant to a transaction).
MacroSolve, Inc. v. GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. et al., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).
- GEICO Casualty Company
- Geico Insurance Agency, Inc.
- Government Employees Insurance Company
- Marriott International, Inc.
- AOL, Inc.
- Six Continents Hotels, Inc.
Plaintiff: MacroSolve, Inc.
Counsel: Kris Y. Teng; Larry Dean Thompson, Jr.; Matthew J. Antonelli; Zachariah S. Harrington
Patent: 7,822,816 (System and method for data management).
Pinpoint Incorporated v. Sears Roebuck and Co., (N.D. Ill.) (multiple cases).
Judge: Judges Lefkow & St. Eve
- Sears, Roebuck & Co.
- Staples, Inc.
Plaintiff: Pinpoint Incorporated
Counsel: Ashley E LaValley; Brian E Yaan; Oliver D Yang; Paul C Gibbons; Paul K Vickrey; Raymond P Niro
Patents: 5,754,938 (Pseudonymous server for system for customized electronic identification of desirable objects); 7,853,600 (System and method for providing access to video programs and other data using customer profiles); and 8,056,100 (System and method for providing access to data using customer profiles).
E-Contact Technologies, LLC v. Bluehost, Inc. et al, (E.D. Tex.).
- A2 Hosting, Inc.
- Bluehost, Inc.
- ECOMMERCE, Inc.
- ECOMMERCE, LLC
Plaintiff: E-Contact Technologies, LLC
Counsel: Hao Ni; Steven Moore V; Timothy T Wang
Patent: 5,347,579 (Personal computer diary).
Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. v. Southwest Airlines, Co., (E.D. Tex.) (multiple cases).
- Southwest Airlines, Co.
- UnionBanCal Corporation
- Union Bank, NA
- QVC, Inc.
- Comerica, Inc.
- Groupon, Inc.
Plaintiff: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
Counsel: Agility IP Law; North Weber & Baugh; Spangler Law
Patents: 5,940,510 (Transfer of valuable information between a secure module and another module); 5,949,880 (Transfer of valuable information between a secure module and another module); 6,105,013 (Method, apparatus, system and firmware for secure transactions); and 6,237,095 (Apparatus for transfer of secure information between a data carrying module and an electronic device.
EMG Technology, LLC v. Macy’s, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).
Judge: District Judge Leonard Davis
Defendant: Macy’s, Inc.
Plaintiff: EMG Technology, LLC
Counsel: Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell; Parker Bunt & Ainsworth
Patents: 7,020,845 (Navigating internet content on a television using a simplified interface and a remote control); 7,441,196 (Apparatus and method of manipulating a region on a wireless device screen for viewing, zooming and scrolling internet content).
CEATS, Inc. v. Expedia, Inc., (E.D. Tex.).
Defendant: Expedia, Inc.
Plaintiff: CEATS, Inc.
Counsel: The Heartfield Law Firm
Patents: 7,454,361 (Individual seat selection ticketing and reservation system); 7,548,866 (Individual seat selection ticketing and reservation system); 7,548,870 (System and method for selecting and reserving airline seats); 7,660,728 (System and method for selecting and reserving airline seats); 7,660,729 (System and method for selecting and reserving airline seats); and 7,664,663 (System and method for displaying airline seats).