Spider Search Analytics LLC has filed two new lawsuits in its file-and-dismiss campaign over two web crawling patents, one each against Connotate (1:17-cv-01848) and Import.io (1:17-cv-01849). The NPE accuses the companies of infringement through provision on their websites of web crawler development platforms. Since Spider Search began this campaign in March 2017, it has been filing (and quickly dismissing) cases asserting only one of the two patents now at issue against multiple defendants for their alleged use of similar web crawler development products provided by either Apifier, Diffbot, or Scrapy, without naming any of those companies itself as a defendant. Spider Search is among the NPE affiliates of Bradley D. Liddle, which together ranked at number eight among the most frequent plaintiffs last year.
Spider Search Analytics LLC continues to file suit against companies using web crawler development products of either Apifier, Diffbot, or Scrapy, without naming any of those companies as a defendant. The latest defendant is Wal-Mart (5:17-cv-05566), sued this past week in the Western District of Arkansas over the same web crawling patent at issue throughout the campaign. This new complaint follows summer dismissals of a March complaint against Sears (also an alleged Diffbot customer, dismissed with prejudice), CareerBuilder (an alleged Scrapy customer, dismissed without prejudice), Restocks (an alleged Apifier customer, dismissed with prejudice), and Hubspot (also an alleged Diffbot customer, dismissed with prejudice). Spider Search excerpts materials from Diffbot’s website in the complaint against Wal-Mart.
Spider Search Analytics LLC has added three lawsuits to the campaign that it began in the Eastern District of Texas this past March, suing MicroPyramid (6:17-cv-00400) there, as well as Gift Hero (1:17-cv-11282) and Hubspot (1:17-cv-11285) in Massachusetts. The complaints assert the same web crawling patent (7,454,430) already at issue, accusing each defendant of infringement through the use of web crawler development products supplied by other companies (not themselves named as defendants): MicroPyramid as a customer of Scrapy, and the other two as customers of Diffbot. Each of the eight defendants in this campaign to date has been identified on the website of Apifier (a third company with web crawler offerings), Diffbot, or Scrapy. Those companies’ websites identify many other customers of their services, not yet named.