NPE Campaign Targets eBay in Latest Filing
CYVA Research Holdings sued eBay (2:14-cv-00637) for alleged infringement of a patent related to the security and exchange of personal information over the Internet (8,195,569). CYVA’s complaint accuses eBay’s website and its auction services of infringing the patent-in-suit, which is described as an “electronic bazaar” featuring personal information security. The NPE has asserted the ‘569 patent in eight lawsuits since September 2013 against online travel sites Expedia, HomeAway, Hotwire, Priceline.com, Quikbook, Roomorama, Travel Holdings, and Travelocity. CYVA is a research and development firm with a history of monetizing its patents. In the past year CYVA has also asserted a second patent in the same family (5,987,440) in seven suits targeting financial services companies. Both the ‘440 and ‘569 patents originate with CYVA. Texas public records and court documents indicate that CYVA shares the same address and suite number with at least two other NPEs including IBV Systems and RecruitMe. 5/21, Eastern District of Texas.