Estech Systems IP LLC, a subsidiary of Estech Systems, Inc. (Estech), has revived the litigation campaign that Estech launched in April 2020, suing 99 Cent Only Stores, Abbott Laboratories, BMW, Carvana, Charles Schwab, Conduent, Extra Space, First American Financial (Republic Title of Texas), Fiserv, Liberty Mutual, Marriott, McKesson, Petco, Public Storage, Primoris Services, Randstad, SoFi, and Toyota in separate Eastern District of Texas suits. The asserted patents are broadly directed to various aspects of Voice over IP (VoIP) technology (e.g., Caller ID, call quality monitoring, voicemail systems, and phone directories), with the defendants accused of infringement through the provision or use of VoIP products.
Jury selection for the earliest cases filed bytelecommunications equipment manufacturer Estech Systems, Inc., in April 2020, is slated for August 2 in the courtroom of District Judge Rodney Gilstrap. The defendants in that consolidated action—BBVA, BOKF, Hilltop Holdings (PlainsCapital Bank), Target, and Wells Fargo—have filed a second motion for summary judgment of noninfringement, arguing “license and release” under an apparent agreement between Estech and Microsoft. Meanwhile, Cisco (together with subsidiary Cisco Technology) has sued Estech, also in the Eastern District of Texas, asserting affirmative patent infringement claims, as well as seeking declaratory judgments of noninfringement of four VoIP patents held by Estech.