TQP Development[NPE] filed eight separate suits against Ann, CarMax Business Services, Frost National Bank, Gilt Groupe, HRB Digital, Northern Trust Corporation, PlainsCapital, and Prosperity Bancshares, alleging that the defendants’ websites infringe a patent related to encrypted data transmission. TQP, founded by Erich Spangenberg, has filed over 60 previous suits since December 2008 against over 100 defendants including Dell, Google, LinkedIn, Salesforce, Skype,andSony. More than 30 suits of those suits were filed in 2012 alone. The patent-in-suit originated with Telequipand was assigned to The PACid Groupin August 2008, just months before The PACid Group changed its name to TQP Development. 8/8, Eastern District of Texas, no judge yet assigned, 2:2012cv00424; 2:2012cv00425; 2:2012cv00426; 2:2012cv00427; 2:2012cv00428; 2:2012cv00429; 2:2012cv00430; 2:2012cv00431.
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