Apparent IP Edge LLC affiliate Vaultet LLC has added a third case to the litigation campaign begun earlier this month against Avis Budget Group and Disney. The same patent (7,814,009), generally related to retail systems permitting anonymous purchases, is asserted against new defendant American Eagle Outfitters (6:17-cv-00378), with infringement allegations once again focused on payment options on the company’s website, both gift cards and PayPal. All three cases have been filed in the Eastern District of Texas; Vaultet points to multiple American Eagle retail stores, as well as the availability of the American Eagle website, throughout the district to establish venue.
Vaultet LLC, an apparent affiliate of monetization firm IP Edge LLC, has launched a litigation campaign, asserting a single patent (7,814,009) in separate cases filed against LLC subsidiaries of Avis Budget Group (Avis Rent A Car System LLC) (6:17-cv-00366) and Disney (Disney Store USA LLC) (6:17-cv-00362). The ‘009 patent generally relates to retail systems permitting anonymous purchases, with infringement allegations against Disney focusing on the use of PayPal, and for Avis on the use of gift cards and American Express cards, each as methods of payment on the companies’ websites. In an apparent nod to the US Supreme Court’s TC Heartland decision, each new complaint pleads proper venue in the Eastern District of Texas with more particularity than usual for IP Edge affiliates.