The targeted advertising campaign of AlmondNet, Inc. and its subsidiary Intent IQ, LLC ballooned this past week, the plaintiffs filing separate suits against new defendants Amazon (6:21-cv-00898), Facebook (6:21-cv-00896), and Samsung (AdGear Technologies) (6:21-cv-00891), as well as additional suits against repeat defendants Microsoft (6:21-cv-00897) and Roku (6:21-cv-00876), the latter focusing on Roku’s acquisition of Dataxu (in late 2019). Nearly 20 patents have now been asserted in this campaign—not AlmondNet’s first—since its launch in 2016.
AlmondNet, Inc., together with its subsidiary Intent IQ, LLC, have sued Roku (6:21-cv-00731) over the provision of its OneView advertisement platform, targeting a variety of certain data collection and advertisement methods; in a separate suit, Roku has filed a declaratory judgment complaint against AlmondNet and Intent IQ (1:21-cv-01035), seeking a judgment of noninfringement (of the same patents) by the same OneView advertisement platform. Both lawsuits were filed on July 15, AlmondNet’s in the Western District of Texas; Roku’s, in the District of Delaware.
AlmondNet, Inc., this time without its two operating subsidiaries, has sued Verizon (Oath Holdings) (1:18-cv-00943) over a single targeted advertisement patent. The complaint accuses Oath Holdings, including Oath’s “BrightRoll and former Yahoo units”, of infringement through the provision of “demand side platforms, whether labeled Oath, Yahoo, Brightroll, or other”. In the crosshairs are the platforms’ various features related to online advertising, including those that build profiles on a given website’s users based on the users’ activity on that site, and those that allow third-party advertisers to bid for access to that data. The patent-in-suit belongs to a family already in suit in a March 2016 case brought by AlmondNet (with subsidiaries Datonics, LLC and Intent IQ, LLC) against Yahoo—before the acquisition of its Internet operations by Verizon—over 11 total patents.