NPE Sues Ten Online Retailers
MacroSolve [NPE] filed ten separate suits against American Airlines, Avis, Continental Airlines, Hertz, Hipmunk, Hotels.com, Priceline, Southwest Airlines, Travelocity, and United Airlines, alleging that the defendants’ travel search applications infringe a patent related to managing data collected from a remote computing device. MacroSolve has filed five prior suits since March 2011 against over 30 defendants including AT&T, CitiGroup, Dell, Groupon, and Salesforce. In November 2010, the company received $775,000 from current and other institutional investors to support its patent monetization efforts. J. David Payne is the named inventor on the patent-in-suit, which was assigned to MacroSolve in August 2003. 12/21, Eastern District of Texas, 6:2011cv00685; 6:2011cv00686; 6:2011cv00687; 6:2011cv00688; 6:2011cv00689; 6:2011cv00690; 6:2011cv00691; 6:2011cv00692; 6:2011cv00693; 6:2011cv00694.