Recent invalidation of two related patents (8,504,631; 9,137,192) under Alice notwithstanding, inventor-controlled EveryMD LLC has filed suit against Amazon (2:17-cv-05573), asserting a third patent (9,584,461) from the same family. The ‘461 patent generally relates to transmitting email messages between members of a group, with infringement allegations focused on the communications between buyers and sellers using “Amazon’s marketplace”. In May 2017, the same judge assigned to the new Amazon case granted a Facebook motion to invalidate the ‘631 and ‘192 patents as patent-ineligibly directed to versions of the abstract idea of “transmitting routine business communications”. EveryMD has since appealed the result to the Federal Circuit.
Inventor-controlled EveryMD LLC has sued Facebook (2:16-cv-06473) for a second time, asserting a more recently issued family member (9,137,192) of a patent that Facebook challenged in a 2014-2015 AIA proceeding (IPR2014-00242). Facebook is the third company so far sued over the ‘192 patent, which generally relates to generating webpages for members of a group; EveryMD has also asserted the patent in cases against Twitter and LinkedIn. This latest suit against Facebook brings EveryMD’s campaign defendant count to 14.
The day after EveryMD LLC’s short-lived case against LinkedIn was dismissed with prejudice, the NPE filed a new case against Airbnb (2:16-cv-03729). EveryMD’s complaint asserts two patents (8,499,047; 8,504,631) from a family of five that generally concern sending messages through an intermediary that may or may not be online. Each of these patents has been asserted by EveryMD in prior cases in its sole litigation campaign; past defendants include Alphabet (Google), eBay, Facebook, and Twitter. With the exception of this week’s case against Airbnb, all of the NPE’s cases have been dismissed, most following apparent settlements.
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