Express Card Systems, a subsidiary of Acacia Research, filed five separates suits against Apple, Cafe Press, Office Depot, Sam’s West, and Staples alleging that the defendants’ printing technologies infringe two patents related to a card printing system (5,552,994 and 5,748,484). Last month, Express Card Systems asserted the ’994 and ’484 patents against 12 online photo services providers, including Costco, CVS, Rite Aid, Shutterfly, Wal-Mart, and Vistaprint. Since October 2010, Express Card Systems has filed a total of 17 suits, including the current string of suits. According to the complaints, Express Card Systems is the exclusive licensee of the patents-in-suit. 2/11, Eastern District of Texas, 6:13cv00136; 6:13cv00137; 6:13cv00138; 6:13cv00139; 6:13cv00140.
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