Earlier in September, Traxcell Technologies, LLC sued Verizon (Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless) together with Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung as alleged “equipment providers” for its wireless network. Now, the plaintiff has filed two additional Western District of Texas complaints in the same configuration, this time naming Deutsche Telekom (Sprint, T-Mobile) as the wireless network provider and the same three “equipment providers” (6:22-cv-00991, 6:22-cv-00992). Traxcell followed those two complaints with a gaggle of others, hitting Maplebear (d/b/a Instacart) (6:22-cv-00999), Shopify (6:22-cv-01000), and Verifone (Curb Mobility) (6:22-cv-00998), also in the Western District of Texas; Helbiz (1:22-cv-08128) in the Southern District of New York; and FlightAware (4:22-cv-03258) in the Southern District of Texas, each over the provision of software products that support features for “connecting customers with merchants".
In its latest complaint, Traxcell Technologies, LLC has hit some familiar defendants: Verizon (Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless) and alleged “equipment providers” for its wireless network Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung (6:22-cv-00976), sued together in a single Western District of Texas case. Four patents—two new to the litigation and two previously in suit, all generally related to using location information within a wireless network—have been asserted. The new case follows a discovery ruling from District Judge Alan D. Albright in a prior case against just Ericsson and Verizon Wireless; a round of suits against AfterShip, Bird Rides, GoShare, HEB (Neighborfavor), and Neutron Holdings, each new to the campaign; and the issuance of a twelfth patent in Traxcell’s asserted family.
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.