Lodsysfiled five separate lawsuits against a variety of companies, including Crocs, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Edmac Industries, General Motors, Implix , The Jones Group, Orchid Cellmark, Oriental Trading, Saks, and Somerset Investments alleging that the defendants’ websites which utilize live interactive chat and feedback technology infringe two patents related to web-based transactions and a customer-based product design module (7,620,565 and 7,222,078). Since July 2010, Lodsys, along with related plaintiff entity Webvention, has sued more than 150 companies over basic website functionality. After what seemed like a wind-down of patent infringement activity by the company in May 2012, Lodsys launched new campaigns against a variety of website developers and operators, including Nuance Communications (with SanDisk) in December 2012, and a recent string of suits on January 14, 2013, against HSN, HP, and Lexmark. Lodsyscurrently has 16 active cases in the Eastern District of Texas against multiple defendants. 1/29, Eastern District of Texas, 2:2013cv00057, 2:2013cv00058, 2:2013cv00059, 2:2013cv00060, 2:2013cv00061.
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