Fall Line Patents, LLC, an NPE formed in Oklahoma this past January, has filed its first litigation, accusing American Airlines (6:17-cv-00204), Cinemark Holdings (6:17-cv-00204), and GrubHub (6:17-cv-00204) of infringing a single patent (9,454,748) generally related to managing user-provided data based on the user’s location. Mobile apps that transmit location-specific information are the focus of the NPE’s complaints. The ‘748 patent has not been asserted previously in litigation, but its earlier (and currently, its only) family member (7,822,816) has, in a somewhat storied campaign lasting from March 2011 to May 2014.
MacroSolve [NPE] filed three separate suits against Cumulus Media, JetBlue Airways, and Kayak Software, alleging that the defendants’ mobile applications infringe a patent related to managing data collected from remote computing devices. MacroSolve has filed over 25 prior suits since March 2011 against over 40 defendants including AOL, AT&T, CitiGroup, Dell, Facebook, Groupon, Newegg, Priceline, Salesforce, Travelocity, Wal-Mart, and Yelp. In November 2010, MacroSolve reportedly raised $775,000 from current and other institutional investors to support its patent monetization efforts. J. David Payne is the named inventor on the patent-in-suit, which was assigned to MacroSolve in August 2003. 6/19, Eastern District of Texas, no judge yet assigned, 6:2012cv00387; 6:2012cv00388; 6:2012cv00389.
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