IP Edge LLC affiliate Anuwave LLC has rebooted its litigation campaign with a new round of filings, shifting application of the sole text messaging patent-in-suit from the provision of mobile banking services to the provision of “text security services”—i.e., security apps that locate a mobile device by sending it a text message from another device. The new complaints hit Avast (1:18-cv-00506), BitDefender (1:18-cv-00507), BullGuard (1:18-cv-00508), Symantec (1:18-cv-00509), Total Defense (1:18-cv-00510) and Webroot (1:18-cv-00511) in the District of Delaware and Sophos (1:18-cv-10655) in the District of Massachusetts, where prior defendants in the campaign, numbering close to 50, have typically been banks.
IP Edge LLC affiliate Anuwave LLC has filed its first new litigation since January, accusing Capitol Federal Savings Bank (1:17-cv-01054), Community Banks of Colorado (1:17-cv-01848), JPMorgan Chase (Chase Bank) (1:17-cv-01056), and TCF Financial (1:17-cv-01082) of infringing a single text messaging patent through the provision of mobile banking services. These latest complaints follow the dismissal of Anuwave’s last nine active lawsuits earlier this year, with eight cases dismissed with prejudice throughout February and March and a single suit against Evergreen BankGroup (1:17-cv-00479) dismissed without prejudice in late June.
Having secured apparent settlements in 16 of 17 cases that it filed on November 30, 2015, Texas NPE Anuwave LLC has added a second round of cases to its litigation campaign against financial services companies. The 15 new defendants are all banks, including Cathay Bank (2:16-cv-00276), Community National Bank (2:16-cv-00278), Regions Bank (2:16-cv-00285), and US Bank (2:16-cv-00288). Anuwave asserts a single patent (8,295,862) generally related to text messaging. Once again, the defendants are accused of infringement through provision of mobile banking applications.
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