Traxcell Technologies, LLC has sued DoorDash (6:22-cv-00691), Grubhub (6:22-cv-00690), Lyft (6:22-cv-00689), Tier Mobility (Skinny Labs d/b/a Spin) (6:22-cv-00688), and Uber (6:22-cv-00687) over the most recent patent to issue in a family that has been in suit in this campaign since 2017. The patent generally relates to providing navigation information on a wireless device, with infringement allegations in these latest complaints focused on features—within the defendants’ respective “technology platform[s] for connecting consumers with” either “local businesses and merchants” or “ride-sharing services”—related to tracking arrival times and locations of drivers (Lyft, Uber), tracking orders (DoorDash, GrubHub), or locating/tracking rental scooters (Spin).
Traxcell Technologies, LLC has filed a second pair of Western District of Texas cases, one against each of Alphabet (Google) (6:21-cv-01312) and Apple (6:21-cv-01314). The new set comes after District Judge Alan D. Albright ruled that Traxcell’s unopposed motions to dismiss January 2021 cases against the same two defendants, though improperly labeled, functioned as notices of voluntary dismissal. Upon filing, those “notices” ended the prior cases, prompting these new suits, which focus on the most recent patent in the family-in-suit. Two earlier members from the same family have been dropped, likely in response to an October 2021 Federal Circuit decision affirming noninfringement rulings in litigation that Traxcell filed back in 2017.
Traxcell Technologies, LLC filed January 2021 cases against Alphabet (Google) and Apple, both in the Western District of Texas and each alleging infringement of two patents generally related to providing navigation information on a wireless device. On August 5, Apple (3:21-cv-06059) filed a complaint seeking a declaratory judgment from the Northern District of California of noninfringement of a third, more recent patent from the same family. The next day Traxcell filed motions for leave to amend its West Texas complaints to add that third patent to those cases, both of which have seen early motions to dismiss as well as an Apple motion to stay, pending the outcome of Federal Circuit appeals from earlier suits in this campaign.
Following recent suits against Alphabet (Google) and Verizon (Verizon Wireless Personal Communications), targeting Google Maps and Apple Maps, respectively, inventor-controlled Traxcell Technologies, LLC has added Apple itself (6:21-cv-00074) to its sole litigation campaign, launched in 2017.Two patents, generally related to providing navigation information on a wireless device, are asserted, with infringement allegations targeting the provision of Apple Maps and devices that support it, including “smartphones, tablets, iPods, desktop computers, and notebook computers”.