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NOVEMBER 2021 RETAIL PATENT LITIGATION REPORT


After a break, I am back at the monthly patent litigation reports starting with catching up on some of the backlog. As usual, the NPEs slowed down as the holidays approached. Frequent filers included Aperture Net, Digi Portal, and Social Positioning Input Systems.

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.

Alvao Digital, LLC v. Ticketmaster LLC et al. (W.D. Tex.).  

Claims:           Infringement

Defendants:

  • 3TEN, LLC
  • Austin City Limits Enterprises, LLC
  • C3 Presents LLC
  • Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
  • Stratus Properties, Inc.
  • Ticketmaster LLC
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Texas at San Antonio

Plaintiff:         Alvao Digital, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Garteiser Honea

Patents:          10,185,918 (Apparatus and method for selling a ticket to an event and/or to a portion of an event or venue); 7,899,717 (Apparatus and method for selling a ticket to an event and/or to a portion of an event or venue)

Aperture Net LLC v. Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (W.D. Tex.).  

Judge:             District Judge Alan D. Albright

Claims:           Infringement

Defendant:     Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Aperture Net LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        The Mort Law Firm; Chong Law Firm

Patent:            6,711,204 (Channel sounding for a spread-spectrum signal)

Auth Token LLC v. American Express Company (W.D. Tex., E.D. Tex., N.D. Ohio, D. Del., S.D.N.Y., W.D.N.Y.,).

Judges:           District Judge Alan D. Albright; District Judge Rodney Gilstrap; District Judge Benita Y. Pearson

Claims:           Infringement

Defendants:

  • American Express Company
  • Bank of America, NA
  • Capital One Financial Corporation
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA
  • BMO Harris Bank, NA
  • Citigroup Inc.
  • HBSC USA, Inc.
  • Fifth Third Bank, National Association
  • Visa Inc.
  • PNC Bank, NA f/k/a BBVA USA
  • Regions Bank
  • Truist Financial Corporation
  • US Bank NA
  • Wells Fargo Bank NA
  • Mastercard International Incorporated
  • TD Bank, NA
  • The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
  • M&T Bank Corporation
  • Washington Federal Bank, National Association

Plaintiff:         Auth Token LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Sand Sebolt & Wernow; Gawthrop Greenwood

Patents:          8,375,212 (Method for personalizing an authentication token); 8,688,990 (Method for personalizing an authentication token)

Authorization Wallet, LLC v. Nordstrom, Inc. (multilpe cases) (W.D. Tex.).

Judge:             District Judge Alan D. Albright

Claims:           Infringement

Defendants:

  • Nordstrom, Inc.
  • Starbucks Corporation

Plaintiff:         Authorization Wallet, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Ramey & Schwaller

Patent:            9,292,852 (System and method for applying stored value to a financial transaction)

Digi Portal LLC v. Steven Madden, Ltd. (D. Del.).

Claims:           Infringement

Defendant:     Steven Madden, Ltd.

Plaintiff:         Digi Portal LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Direction IP Law; Chong Law Firm

Patents:          5,983,227 (Dynamic page generator); 7,171,414 (Dynamic page generator); 7,565,359 (Dynamic page generator); 8,352,854 (Dynamic page generator); 9,626,342 (Dynamic page generator)

Implicit, LLC v. The Home Depot, Inc. (E.D. Tex.).

Judge:             District Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III

Claims:           Infringement

Defendant:     The Home Depot, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Implicit, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Devlin Law Firm

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

Longbeam Technologies Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc. et al. (D.Del.).

Claims:           Infringement

Defendants:

  • com, Inc.
  • Amazon Web Services, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Longbeam Technologies Inc.

Pls. Cnsl:        Stamoulis & Weinblatt; Daignault Iyer

Patents:          10,715,316 (System and method for delivering information in a communication network using location identity); 7,512,989 (Data loader using location identity to provide secure communication of data to recipient devices); 7,660,418 (Cryptographic system and method for geolocking and securing digital information); 8,472,627 (System and method for delivering encrypted information in a communication network using location indentity and key tables)

Maplebear Inc. d/b/a Instacart v. GreatGigz Solutions, LLC (S.D. Fla.).

Judge:             District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks

Claims:           Declaratory Judgment

Defendant:     GreatGigz Solutions, LLC

Plaintiff:         Maplebear Inc. d/b/a Instacart

Pls. Cnsl:        Fish & Richardson; Waldman Barnett

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)

R2 Solutions LLC v. FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. (multiple cases) (E.D. Tex.).

Judge:             District Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III

Claims:           Infringement

Defendants:

  • FedEx Corporate Services, Inc.
  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
  • com BV
  • com Transport Limited
  • Agoda Company Pte. Ltd.
  • Redfin Corporation

Plaintiff:         R2 Solutions LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Nelson Bumgardner Conroy

Patents:          7,370,011 (Financial information portal); 7,698,329 (Method for improving quality of search results by avoiding indexing sections of pages); 8,190,610 (MapReduce for distributed database processing); 8,209,317 (Method and apparatus for reconstructing a search query); 8,341,157 (System and method for intent-driven search result presentation: 9,805,097 (Method and system for providing a search result)

Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC v. Lonestar Tracking, LLC (S.D. Tex., W.D. Tex., S.D.N.Y., N.D. Cal.).

Judge:             District Judge Alan D. Albright

Claims:           Infringement

Defendants:

  • Lonestar Tracking, LLC
  • Manning NavComp, Inc.
  • Nexcelerate, LLC d/b/a Btracking.Com
  • Mojio USA, Inc.

Plaintiff:         Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC

Pls. Cnsl:        Kizzia Johnson; SML Avvocati

Patent:            9,261,365 (Device, system and method for remotely entering, storing and sharing addresses for a positional information device)

Ward Participations BV v. American Express Company (multiple cases) (W.D. Tex.).

Judge:             District Judge Alan D. Albright

Claims:           Infringement

Defendants:

  • American Express Company
  • Bank of America Corporation
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA
  • Citigroup Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Bank NA
  • Wells Fargo & Company

Plaintiff:         Ward Participations BV

Pls. Cnsl:        Ramey & Schwaller

Patents:          10,992,480 (Method and system for performing a transaction and for performing a verification of legitimate access to, or use of digital data); 11,063,766 (Method and system for performing a transaction and for performing a verification of legitimate access to, or use of digital data)



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