The last of the cases in its first round having been dismissed in December, Flectere LLC has reloaded, suing four more retailers in the Eastern District of Texas. In May, the NPE, apparently controlled by a former IP Valuation Partners LLC (d/b/a IPVal) principal, has asserted up to three patents, generally related to the use of online forms to gather information, against Academy, Office Depot, Sears, and Staples; the new cases accuse Costco (2:19-cv-00017), FedEx (2:19-cv-00018), Target (2:19-cv-00019), and UPS (2:19-cv-00020) of infringement through the operation of their e-commerce platforms.
eCeipt LLC, a Texas NPE affiliated with IP Valuation Partners LLC (IPVal), has resumed its retail receipt campaign, filing four new lawsuits against Ann (2:16-cv-01105), Best Buy (2:16-cv-01106), Caleres (2:16-cv-01111), and Recreational Equipment (2:16-cv-01112). These latest cases are eCeipt’s first new litigation since the August dismissal of its case against GNC Holdings (2:16-cv-00419), which followed the dismissal of all other suits in the campaign in January-March. The plaintiff’s newest complaints assert the same, single patent-in-campaign (8,643,875), which generally relates to point-of-sale (POS) kiosks that allow a customer to select a printed or emailed store receipt. Defendants are each accused of infringement through POS systems that offer both types of receipt.