Smart Authentication IP, LLC (SAIP), a subsidiary of Monument Patent Holdings, LLC, has added four defendants to the litigation campaign that it began last November, filing suit against Autodesk (2:17-cv-000277), CCP (2:17-cv-000280), Discover Financial Services (2:17-cv-000279), and Etsy (2:17-cv-000278). Each complaint asserts the sole patent at issue in the campaign (8,082,213), which generally relates to multifactor authentication of users using separate communication channels. The NPE targets the companies’ two-factor authentication processes that use codes transmitted via text, email, phone call, etc. These new filings come as the court considers a motion to dismiss an earlier case based on Alice.
During the second half of October 2016, RPX took note of eight patent transfers to NPEs. Assignees included two NPEs controlled by Monument Patent Holdings, LLC; a new NPE managed by IP Valuation Partners LLC; and an NPE with apparent ties to Nicolas J. Labbit. Several of the transacted patents have been asserted in litigation filed over the past month.
The first of the ten or so Texas NPEs formed by Monument Patent Holdings, LLC since mid-August has now filed litigation, asserting a single patent (7,954,701) in two suits, one filed against each of TGI Friday’s (2:16-cv-01119) and Whole Foods Market (2:16-cv-01120). The plaintiff, Millennium Commerce, LLC, pleads ownership of the ‘701 patent, although no assignment to the NPE has been recorded with the USPTO. One member of a somewhat famous family, the ‘701 patent generally relates to a point-of-sale terminal that processes “cash back” transactions, and the accused products are the defendants’ transaction terminals.