Acacia’s Unified Messaging Solutions Files over 30 Additional Suits Aimed at Online Banking Services Companies
Unified Messaging Solutions (UMS) filed 33 separate suits against Ameriprise, BB&T, BBVA, BMO Harris, BOK, Cablevision, Capital One, Charles Schwab, Cox, EarthLink, Fidelity, Fifth Third, Fiserv, FriendFinder, GE Capital, GEICO, Humana, Huntington, Juno, Memory Lane, NetZero, Northwestern Mutual Life, Pandora, People’s United, PNC, Popular, Santander Holdings, State Street, SunTrust, TD Ameritrade, US Bancorp, United Online, USAA and Wells Fargo alleging that the defendants’ webmail services infringe five patents related to web-based messaging systems. UMS has filed over 20 prior suits since March 2011 against over 40 defendants including American Express, AT&T, Bank of New York Mellon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Morgan Stanley, RIM, Sprint Nextel,T-Mobile, Time Warner, Travelocity, Twitter, Vanguard, Verizon, Walgreen, and Yahoo. UMS, a subsidiary of Acacia Research, is the exclusive licensee of the patents-in-suit, which originated with J2 Global Communications/NetOffice Solutions and were assigned to Advanced Messaging Technologies in May 2010. RPX acquired the rights to the UMS portfolio as part of the Acacia Bundle deal completed in September 2012. 1/14, Northern District of Illinois, 1:2013cv00266; 1:2013cv00267; 1:2013cv00268; 1:2013cv00269; 1:2013cv00270; 1:2013cv00271; 1:2013cv00272; 1:2013cv00273; 1:2013cv00274; 1:2013cv00275; 1:2013cv00276; 1:2013cv00277; 1:2013cv00278; 1/15, Western District of Texas, assigned to Judge Lee Yeakel, 1:2013cv00041; 1:2013cv00042; 1:2013cv00043; Northern District of Texas, assigned to Judge Jane J. Boyle, 3:2013cv00181; 3:2013cv00184; assigned to Judge Sam A. Lindsay, 3:2013cv00183; District of Delaware, 1:2013cv00088; 1:2013cv00089; 1:2013cv00090; 1/16, Northern District of Illinois, 1:2013cv000324; assigned to Honorable Virginia M. Kendall, 1:2013cv00327; assigned to Honorable Robert W. Gettleman, 1:2013cv00333; 1:2013cv00340; assigned to Honorable Milton I. Shadur, 1:2013cv00337; assigned to Honorable Charles P. Kocoras, 1:2013cv00338; assigned to Honorable Sharon Johnson Coleman, 1:2013cv00339; 1:2013cv00341; 1:2013cv00343; 1:2013cv00344; 1:2013cv00346.