Defendant Count in Rothschild’s QR Code Campaign Nears 60
Symbology Innovations, LLC’s latest suits, filed against Best Buy, Brother Industries, NextEra Energy, PGA Tour, and Sysco (Freshpoint), bring the total number of defendants in the NPE’s QR (quick response) codes campaign to 57. As in all of Symbology’s previous cases, this week’s complaints assert three patents (8,936,190; 8,651,369; 8,424,752) from a family of five generally related to using a mobile device to take a picture of an object having “symbology” from which information about the object can be retrieved from a remote server. The NPE accuses the defendants of infringing the patents-in-suit through QR codes in advertising media, including Internet advertisements. These new filings follow a spate of recent dismissals in Symbology’s campaign, some apparently due to settlements.