So far in August, GreatGigz Solutions, LLC, one of several entities controlled by prolific inventor Raymond Anthony Joao, has sued Costco (6:21-cv-00807), CVS (6:21-cv-00808), Walgreens (6:21-cv-00809), and Walmart (6:21-cv-00798), all in the Western District of Texas. The four patents-in-suit are generally related to providing employment hiring services over a network, with the defendants accused of infringement through the provision of their respective platforms (e.g., e-commerce websites and mobile apps) for “order[ing] groceries and other items online”. At issue are features for matching “shoppers” with customers for scheduling deliveries, with Costco, CVS, and Walgreens further accused over the use of the Instacart platform and Amazon Web Services data centers and Walmart accused over its Spark Driver platform.
The Western District of Texas campaign of GreatGigz Solutions, LLC, begun in June against Microsoft (LinkedIn) (6:20-cv-00545), has since expanded to include cases filed against Angie’s List (6:20-cv-00633), GrubHub (6:20-cv-00628), Lyft (6:20-cv-00651), and Uber (6:20-cv-00652). Four patents generally related to providing employment hiring services over a network are asserted in overlapping sets across the five cases. These suits are the first for GreatGigz, but they are not the first for the inventor named on the patents and controlling the plaintiff; entities formed by Raymond Anthony Joao have waged various campaigns for years, most recently including a GPS vehicle navigation campaign, initiated in February 2020 through Joao plaintiff NavBlazer, LLC.