As recently reported in RPX’s Q1 in Review, NPE litigation targeting the Financial Services sector jumped by 111% during the first quarter of 2021. That Q1 wave of Financial Services litigation was filed by a variety of NPE plaintiffs, including several inventor-controlled entities; an NPE associated with the monetization firm Dynamic IP Deals, LLC (d/b/a DynaIP); and an affiliate of prolific filer IP Edge LLC.
Since December 2013, William Grecia has been continuously litigating a three-member family of patents on which he is the named inventor. The campaign has hit dozens of defendants, including providers of streaming services (e.g., Amazon, Cablevision, Sony, WalMart (VUDU)), makers of software with encrypted cloud storage (e.g., Adobe) and devices with cloud settings (e.g., Apple, Google), and companies offering or using payment systems (e.g., American Express, Best Buy, Target). Despite a Federal Circuit setback at the outset of the year, Grecia has continued asserting one of the three patents in 2021, accusing Cullen/Frost Bankers (6:21-cv-00016), Kohl’s (6:21-cv-00102), and Samsung (Samsung Austin Semiconductor) (6:21-cv-00131) of infringement in Western District of Texas complaints, the last case filed one day after Samsung asked the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for declaratory judgments of both noninfringement and invalidity (2:21-cv-00562).