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 filed ten separate suits against Costco, Fandango, Gamestop, Gilt Groupe, Kohl’s, Kroger, Nordstrom, Pandora, RueLaLa, and Staples, alleging that the defendants’ mobile applications infringe a patent (7,822,816) related to remote collection of survey or questionnaire form data. The complaints allege that the defendants and their customers jointly infringe the patent-in-suit. MacroSolve has filed more than 50 suits since March 2011 against over 75 defendants including American Express, AOL, AT&T, Bed Bath & Beyond, CitiGroup, CVS, Dell, Facebook, Groupon, Home Depot,Newegg, Priceline, Salesforce, Travelocity, Walmart, and Yelp. The patent-in-suit was issued to MacroSolve by inventor David Payne in August 2003. 2/25, Eastern District of Texas, 6:13cv00198, 6:13cv00199, 6:13cv00200, 6:13cv00201, 6:13cv00202, 6:13cv00203; 2/26, Eastern District of Texas, 6:13cv00204, 6:13cv00205, 6:13cv00206, 6:13cv00207.
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