Quartz Auto Technologies, LLC has expanded its sole litigation campaign with a new suit against Postmates (1:20-cv-01673)—acquired by Uber earlier this month—in the District of Delaware. The three asserted patents, originating with IBM, generally relate to various aspects of location-based functionality, with the plaintiff’s infringement allegations targeting the Postmates platform (including the Fleet app) over features for “coordinating, controlling, and providing on-demand delivery services” through location data. The new case joins two active February 2020 suits, filed in the Western District of Texas, against Lyft and Uber.
With a suit against Lyft (6:20-cv-00156) filed in the Western District of Texas, Quartz Auto Technologies, LLC has expanded the ridesharing campaign it launched last month with a case against Uber (also sued in the Western District of Texas). Both suits assert former IBM patents that were among those assigned by Daedalus Group LLC to Slingshot IOT LLC—a Maryland entity associated with Quartz Auto, as well as a number of other litigating NPEs—in a transaction flagged by RPX in mid-February. Lyft and Uber are accused of infringement through the provision of their respective ridesharing apps and services.
Last week RPXreported the assignment of the remaining former IBM assets acquired last fall by Daedalus Group LLC to new Maryland entity Slingshot IOT LLC. Most of those assets were transferred in late January to Daedalus Blue LLC, a entity that has subsequently begun asserting a subset of them, filing a case against dronemaker DJI. Last week, Slingshot IOT assigned nearly 20 assets, roughly a third of what it received from Daedalus Group, to Quartz Auto Technologies, LLC, another new Maryland entity, which has also now turned plaintiff, suing Uber (6:20-cv-00126) in the Western District of Texas over six of those patents.