Defendant Count in Rothschild’s Second QR Code Campaign Tops 35
- October 13, 2017
Leigh M. Rothschild currently has two ongoing litigation campaigns hitting companies over their use of QR (Quick Response) Codes; one begun in February 2015 by Symbology Innovations, LLC, which has since been taken over by another Rothschild-controlled plaintiff, RFID Technology Innovations, LLC, and has hit nearly 100 companies to date; and one started in August, run by Coding Technologies, LLC. This past week, Coding Technologies added 20 new defendants to its campaign, including Arthrex, Delta Airlines, Flipboard, HSN, IBM, Mercedes-Benz, MetLife, and Philip Morris International, bringing its total defendant count to 38 as of the publication date of this report. As in the NPE’s previous complaints, the defendants are accused of infringing a patent generally related to providing content from a server in response to a photographic image taken of a “code pattern”; additionally, two of the newest defendants (FCB Financial Holdings and WZ Franchise) are also accused of infringing a second, related patent. The new lawsuits also continue Rothschild’s recent trend of asserting patents received from Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV).
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