Verify Smart Sues Microsoft in Campaign That Previously Targeted Banks
Verify Smart Corp. turned its attention from financial institutions to sue Microsoft in its most recent filing. The suit (2:15-cv-05596) is part of Verify’s existing campaign, asserting a single patent that concerns verifying a user’s identity during an electronic transaction (8,285,648). Microsoft’s multi-factor authentication system for verifying a user during an electronic transaction is accused of infringing the patent-in-suit. Similar products are accused in the other suits in the campaign. Other defendants in Verify’s sole litigation campaign are Bank of America and HSBC. The suit against HSBC was voluntarily dismissed, without prejudice, on August 14, 2014, within three months of filing and on the same day that the original case against Bank of America was filed. On June 30, 2015, Judge Katharine S. Hayden granted Bank of America’s motion to dismiss, ruling that Verify had failed to plead facts sufficient to establish that it had the right to sue, as patent owner or exclusive licensee, on the date of the complaint. The original case against Bank of America was dismissed. Verify filed a second lawsuit against Bank of America on July 9, 2015, this time alleging full ownership of the patent-in-suit.