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DECEMEBR 2021 RETAIL PATENT LITIGATION REPORT


As usual, the NPEs slowed down as the holidays approached. Frequent filers included Bassfield IP, Cascades Branding, Cedar Lane, GreatGigz, and Recog IP.

As usual, I prepared the report in partnership with and using Docket Navigator and its powerful database.  Docket Navigator is a valuable resource, and the place to go if you want to keep track of new patent litigation filings or want to know what is happening in particular cases, how your judge has historically handled a particular type of motion, or a particular plaintiff’s litigation history.  Finally, please let me know if you have thoughts about the report or changes you would like to see.  I am preparing it as a service for retailers and their supply chain who may want an overview of the patent litigation landscape.  So, I am very open to your suggestions for improving the report.

Bassfield IP LLC v. 7-Eleven, Inc. (multiple cases) (W.D. Tex.).

Judge:             District Judge Alan D. Albright

Claims:           Infringement

Defendants:

  • 7-Eleven, Inc.
  • Intercontinental Hotels Group Resources, LLC
  • Brinker International, Inc.
  • The Home Depot, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Bassfield IP LLC

Pls. Cnsl:         Direction IP Law

Patent:            6,641,053 (Foreground/background document processing with dataglyphs)

Cascades Branding Innovation LLC v. Aldi, Inc (N.D. Ill.).

Judge:             Magistrate Judge Mary M. Rowland

Claims:           Infringement

Defendant:     ALDI, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Cascades Branding Innovation LLC

Pls. Cnsl:         Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig

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

Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. v. Walmart Inc. (W.D. Tex., D. Del., W.D.N.Y).

Judge:             District Judge Alan D. Albright

Claims:           Infringement

Defendants:

  • Walmart Inc.
  • BAE Systems, Inc.
  • Intevac, Inc.
  • Next Imaging, Inc.
  • The Chamberlain Group LLC
  • Gogogate Inc.
  • ASSA ABLOY, Inc.
  • Honeywell International, Inc.
  • Quality Vision International Inc.

Plaintiff:         Cedar Lane Technologies Inc.

Pls. Cnsl:         Rabicoff Law; Gawthrop Greenwood

Patents:          8,165,867 (Methods for translating a device command); 6,972,790 (Host interface for imaging arrays); 8,537,242 (Host interface for imaging arrays); 8,645,500 (Method and system for communicating between a remote printer and a server; 6,473,527 (Module and method for interfacing analog/digital converting means and JPEG compression means)

DataCloud Technologies, LLC v. Cequel Communications, LLC (W.D. Tex.).

Claims:           Infringement

Defendant:    Cequel Communications, LLC d/b/a Suddenlink Communications

Plaintiff:         DataCloud Technologies, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:         Rozier Hardt McDonough

Patents:          6,560,613 (Disambiguating file descriptors); 7,209,959 (Apparatus, system, and method for communicating to a network through a virtual domain providing anonymity to a client communicating on the network); 7,246,351 (System and method for deploying and implementing software applications over a distributed network); RE44,723 (Regulating file access rates according to file type

DatRec, LLC v. AllegianceMD Software, Inc. (N.D. Okla.).

Judge:             District Judge Terence Kern; Magistrate Judge Susan E Huntsman

Claims:           Infringement

Defendant:    AllegianceMD Software, Inc.

Plaintiff:         DatRec, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:         Law Office of Edward L. White; Ramey & Schwaller

Patent:            8,381,309 (Methods and systems for secure communication over a public network)

Display Technologies, LLC v. Beurer North America, LP (S.D. Fla.).

Claims:            Infringement

Defendant:    Beurer North America, LP

Plaintiff:         Display Technologies, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:         Law Offices of Barbra Stern

Patent:            9,300,723 (Enabling social interactive wireless communications)

GreatGigz Solutions, LLC v. Christus Health (W.D. Tex.).

Judge:             District Judge Alan D. Albright

Claims:            Infringement

Defendant:    Christus Health

Plaintiff:         GreatGigz Solutions, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Garteiser Honea

Patents:          10,096,000 (Apparatus and method for providing job searching services, recruitment services and/or recruitment-related services); 6,662,194 (Apparatus and method for providing recruitment information); 7,490,086 (Apparatus and method for providing job searching services recruitment services and/or recruitment-related services); 9,760,864 (Apparatus and method for providing job searching services, recruitment services and/or recruitment-related services)

Implicit, LLC v. Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (E.D. Tex.).

Judge:             District Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III

Claims:           Infringement

Defendant:    Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Implicit, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Devlin Law Firm

Patent:           8,856,185 (Method and system for attribute management in a namespace)

Jabaa, LLC v. Five Below, Inc. (E.D. Tex.).

Claims:           Infringement

Defendant:   Five Below, Inc.

Plaintiff:        Jabaa, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Kent & Risley

Patent:           7,480,637 (Internet transaction authentication apparatus, method, and system for improving security of internet transactions)

Lennon Image Technologies, LLC v. Gucci America, Inc. et al (W.D. Tex.).

Judge:             District Judge Alan D. Albright

Claims:           Infringement

Defendants:

  • Gucci America, Inc.
  • Guccio Gucci SpA

Plaintiff:        Lennon Image Technologies, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Buether Joe & Counselors

Patent:           6,624,843 (Customer image capture and use thereof in a retailing system)

Recog IP LLC v. Macy’s, Inc. (W.D. Tex.).

Judge:             District Judge Alan D. Albright

Claims:           Infringement

Defendant:    Macy’s, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Recog IP LLC

Pls. Cnsl:         Direction IP Law

Patent:            7,296,062 (Method for generating a presentation for re-locating an information page that has already been called)

 



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