Consolidated Transaction Processing LLC (CTP), an Equitable IP Corporation plaintiff, has continued to roll through retail defendants, filing October cases in the Eastern District of Texas against Bed Bath & Beyond (4:20-cv-00825), Express (4:20-cv-00827), Macy’s (4:20-cv-00830), Nordstrom (4:20-cv-00831), and Skechers (4:20-cv-00832). May of this year saw suits filed against Advance AutoParts, AutoZone, GameStop, Office Depot, Pep Boys, Petco, PetSmart, Staples, and Vitamin Shoppe, with Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million hit in August. In these more recent cases, the NPE has limited its assertion to two of the five patents originally at issue in the campaign, both patents having been challenged years ago with a motion to dismiss characterizing them as patent-ineligibly directed to the abstract idea of “targeting advertisements based on customer location”.
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Consolidated Transaction Processing LLC (CTP), a Nevada entity that has identified Equitable IP Corporation as its parent company, has filed another round in its e-commerce campaign, adding suits against Costco (1:19-cv-01915), Ford (1:19-cv-01916), Home Depot (1:19-cv-01917), JCPenney (1:19-cv-01918), and Lowe’s (1:19-cv-01919) in the District of Delaware to cases against Amazon, eBay, and Walmart already active there. All five new complaints assert the same five e-commerce patents, with infringement allegations focused on common features within the defendants’ e-commerce platforms, as well as features that distinguish between multiple sellers for a given item and that allow sellers to choose from multiple payment processors. The active suits against Amazon, eBay, and Walmart are themselves curious September 2019 reboots of March 2019 cases filed against those three companies (and later voluntarily dismissed).
Consolidated Transaction Processing LLC (CTP) has added more suits to its sole litigation campaign, which it resuscitated with a case filed against Wayfair last May in the Eastern District of Texas. This time the plaintiff has sued Amazon (1:19-cv-00518), eBay (1:19-cv-00519), Overstock.com (1:19-cv-00520), and Wal-Mart (1:19-cv-00521) in Delaware, asserting the same five e-commerce patents. At issue are a variety of common features in the defendants’ e-commerce platforms, including customer data retention and management, data management for products offered for sale and user reviews, purchase recommendations, user interface controls for immediate purchase or checkout, payment processing and the related use of customer data for shipment and billing info, order management, and related user notifications. Additionally, CTP targets features of those platforms that distinguish between multiple sellers for a given item and that allow sellers to choose from multiple payment processors.