Last year, Leigh M. Rothschild created yet a third NPE, Geographic Location Innovations, LLC (GLI), to continue his navigation and location services campaign begun in 2014. So far this month, GLI has filed six new cases, all in the Eastern District of Texas, asserting a single patent (7,917,285) generally related to navigational or positional information systems. The new defendants—BB&T, Capital One, The Kroger Co., Choice Hotels, Gym-Mark, and Phillips 66—are accused of infringement through location services offered on their websites (e.g. Capital One’s Branch & ATM Locator). GLI’s latest filings bring the total campaign defendant count to over 65.
Rothschild Location Technologies LLC‘s (RLT’s) new round of litigation goes after wireless service providers AT&T, MotorolaSolutions, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, as well as vehicle tracking software from Global Tracking Communications, RedtailTelematicsCorporation, and WebtechWireless. At issue in the suits are defendants’ software products that allow users to remotely enter and share location information. The cases assert two patents related to navigation systems, both of which name Leigh Rothschild as the inventor (7,917,285, 8,606,503). Volkswagen filed a petition for IPR on the ‘285 patent, which is still pending (IPR2015-00793). That company was sued by RLT in September 2014.
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