Since December 2013, William Grecia has been continuously litigating a three-member family of patents on which he is the named inventor. The campaign has hit dozens of defendants, including providers of streaming services (e.g., Amazon, Cablevision, Sony, WalMart (VUDU)), makers of software with encrypted cloud storage (e.g., Adobe) and devices with cloud settings (e.g., Apple, Google), and companies offering or using payment systems (e.g., American Express, Best Buy, Target). Despite a Federal Circuit setback at the outset of the year, Grecia has continued asserting one of the three patents in 2021, accusing Cullen/Frost Bankers (6:21-cv-00016), Kohl’s (6:21-cv-00102), and Samsung (Samsung Austin Semiconductor) (6:21-cv-00131) of infringement in Western District of Texas complaints, the last case filed one day after Samsung asked the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for declaratory judgments of both noninfringement and invalidity (2:21-cv-00562).
Inventor William Grecia has followed up a November 2018 wave of lawsuits against carriers DeutscheTelekom (T-Mobile), SoftBank (Sprint), and Verizon over their provision of Samsung Galaxy phones using Samsung Pay, with a new wave of cases against financial institutions. Bank of New York Mellon (1:19-cv-02810), Citibank (1:19-cv-02811), Morgan Stanley (1:19-cv-02811), and TIAA Bank (1:19-cv-02812) are each accused of infringing a single Grecia patent broadly directed to user authentication for digital content stored in a cloud; at issue are payment transfer services using the Zelle digital payments network, which was founded by a group of US financial institutions.