Banks and other financial institutions may be the next targets of claims arising from a family of patents that ran into Alice trouble the first time around. Inventor-controlled Texas Secure Authentication, LLC has accused FCT Bancshares (First National Bank of Central Texas) (6:20-cv-01091) of infringing a single patent, generally related to determining identification through multiple information containers and registers, through the use of multi-factor authentication methods in its online banking and Internet services. The named inventor moved the asserted patent away from Evolutionary Intelligence LLC, which sued Apple, Facebook, Foursquare, Groupon, LivingSocial, Millienial Media, Sprint, Twitter, and Yelp in a pre-Alice campaign that met its patent-ineligibility demise in October 2015.
Evolutionary Intelligence filed nine separate suits against Apple, Facebook, Foursquare, Groupon, LivingSocial, Millennial Media, Sprint Nextel, Twitter, and Yelp, alleging that the defendants’ mobile applications and websites that include location-based services infringe two patents related to data analysis within a computer network. These are the first patent infringement suits initiated by Evolutionary Intelligence. The patents-in-suit were assigned to Evolutionary Intelligence along with a third patent by Incandescent in July 2012. 10/17, Eastern District of Texas, no judge yet assigned, 6:2012cv00783; 6:2012cv00784; 6:2012cv00785; 6:2012cv00787; 6:2012cv00789; 6:2012cv00790; 6:2012cv00791; 6:2012cv00792; 6:2012cv00794.
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