NPEs Grow Software Campaigns over Similarly Sourced Patents

September 25, 2020

Eighth Street Solutions LLC, an entity associated with Texas monetization firm Endpoint IP LLC, and Delaware entity Trust & Verify Data Protection LLC have each expanded their litigation campaigns over patents sourced from the same place. In the first, Eighth Street has sued McAfee (2:20-cv-00313) in the Eastern District of Texas, targeting security software products that “protect against electronic threats such as viruses, ransomware, [and] malware”, with three patents generally related to controlling attempts to write data on a “storage medium” of a computer. In the second, Trust & Verify has sued Best Buy (6:20-cv-00860), Electronic Arts (EA) (6:20-cv-00861), and McAfee (6:20-cv-00862) in the Western District of Texas, targeting defendants over the provision of software products that allow for installing additional files after obtaining a license with a single patent generally related to protecting digital content by only decrypting and running encrypted software if the structure containing the decryption key is unmodified. Publicly available USPTO records do not yet reflect a transfer of the asserted patents away from the original assignees.

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