While Anuwave LLC pivots away from mobile banking, the campaign focus of its fellow IP Edge LLC affiliate has stayed squarely on it. New Texas entity Sapphire Crossing LLC has taken over the litigation campaign of Ruby Sands LLC, suing Citizens Financial Group (1:18-cv-00513) and Great Western Bancorp (1:18-cv-00514) in the District of Delaware and Investors Bancorp (2:18-cv-05527), Lakeland Bancorp (2:18-cv-05528), and Valley National Bancorp (2:18-cv-05529) in the District of New Jersey. The sole patent-in-suit generally relates to image transfer, with IP Edge, through both affiliates, accusing the defendants throughout the campaign of infringement through the provision of mobile banking apps offering mobile check deposit features.
Ruby Sands LLC has filed five new cases in the litigation campaign that it began roughly one year ago. The NPE, an affiliate of patent monetization firm IP Edge LLC, has accused Amarillo National Bank (2:16-cv-01304), Cadence Bank (2:16-cv-01305), Falcon International Bank (2:16-cv-01306), First Financial Bank (2:16-cv-01307), and First National Bank Southwest (2:16-cv-01308) of infringing the sole patent-in-campaign (6,891,633), which generally relates to image transfer. The accused products throughout the campaign have been mobile banking apps. The new complaints attempt to avoid pleading inadequacies that proved fatal to some of Ruby Sands’s earlier cases, in part by focusing direct infringement allegations on the defendants’ testing and employee use of mobile devices implementing the accused software and in part by cutting and pasting with greater care.
In July 2016, the last of the 20 cases brought by Venadium LLC roughly one year earlier was dismissed with prejudice. Six weeks later, the NPE has rebooted its sole litigation campaign by filing five new lawsuits, one each against BuzzFeed (5:16-cv-00118), J.D. Power and Associates (5:16-cv-00119), LivingSocial (5:16-cv-00120), Spotify (5:16-cv-00121), and The Washington Post (5:16-cv-00122). A single, former Xerox patent (6,330,549) generally related to limiting software to authorized use is asserted. Perhaps in light of the shaky infringement allegations in Venadium’s first wave of suits, which targeted Bluetooth-enabled devices, these new complaints allege that the defendants’ websites infringe at least claim 1 of the ‘549 patent through their use of cryptographic protocols (e.g. RSA, Diffie-Hellman, and HMAC) during the login process.
Avaya (2:16-cv-00945), Grandstream Networks (2:16-cv-00946), Polycom (2:16-cv-00948), and Snom (2:16-cv-00949) are the latest companies to be sued in Cypaleo LLC’s sole litigation campaign. The NPE asserts a single, former Xerox patent (5,638,427) generally related to a networked device for monitoring a machine, the device having multiple communication interfaces. These new complaints bring the number of defendants in the campaign over 25; while past infringement allegations focused on smartphones, tablets, and gaming laptops, Bluetooth-enabled phones with USB ports (e.g. Avaya’s 1140E IP Desk Phone, Grandstream’s GXV3275, Polycom’s VVX600, and Snom’s 760 Desk Telephone) are now at issue.