Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas

By Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau | Sep 27, 2011

Marshall Division

Sept. 15

  • InMotion Imagery Technologies v. Brain Damage Films et al.
  • InMotion Imagery Technologies v. Notorious Productions Inc. et al.

    Plaintiff InMotion Imagery is a Texas limited liability company with its principal place of business in Marshall.

    The defendants are Brain Damage Films, Millennium Entertainment Inc., And More Entertainment Corp. d/b/a MTI Home Video, GGW Brands, Pure Play Media Distribution, SCE Group Inc. d/b/a Sin City Entertainment, V.C.X. Ltd., Ventura Content Ltd. d/b/a Pink Visual Productions, Kick Ass Pictures Inc., Metro Media Entertainment, Galaxy Internet Group & Associates d/b/a Sticky Video, FilmCo Productions Inc., Totally Tasteless Video Inc., Notorious Productions Inc., White Ghetto Inc., Third World Media, NG Video Inc. d/b/a Channel 69 Video, Black Market Entertainment Inc., Combat Zone Corp., Gentlemen's Video Inc., Gourmet Video Inc., Smash Pictures Inc., Digital Sin Inc., Acid Rain Productions Inc. and Diabolic Video Productions Inc.

    InMotion Imagery accuses the defendants of infringing on U.S. Patent No. 6,526,219 issued Feb. 25, 2003, for Picture-Based Video Indexing System.

    The plaintiff is asking the court to issue an injunction preventing the defendants from continued acts of infringement and for an award of damages, interest, costs and attorney's fees.

    Jury trial is requested.

    InMotion Imagery is represented by William E. Davis III of The Davis Firm in Longview and Douglas L. Bridges and Jacqueline K. Burt of Heninger Garrison Davis in Atlanta, Ga.

    Case No. 2:11-cv-00414-TJW, 2:11-cv-00415-DF

  • SimpleAir Inc. v. Microsoft Corp. et al

    Plaintiff SimpleAir is a Texas corporation.

    The defendants are Microsoft Corp., Motorola Mobility Inc., Nokia Corp., Nokia Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Samsung Electronics America Inc., Samsung Telecommunications America, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications (USA) Inc., Ericsson Inc., Futurewei Technologies Inc. d/b/a Huawei Technologies USA, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Google Inc., HTC America Inc., HTC Corp. and LG Electronics Mobilecomm U.S.A. Inc.

    The defendants are accused of infringing on U.S. Patent Nos. 7,035,914 issued April 25, 2006, and 6,021,433 issued Feb. 1, 2000, for System and Method for Transmission of Data.

    SimpleAir is asking the court to issue an injunction to prevent further infringement and for an award of damages, court costs, attorney's fees and interest.

    The plaintiff is represented by John Jeffrey Eichmann by Dovel & Luner, LLP in Santa Monica, Calif., and S. Calvin Capshaw and Elizabeth L. DeRieux of Capshaw DeRieux in Gladewater.

    U.S. District Judge David Folsom is assigned to the case.

    Case No. 2:11-cv-00416

  • DietGoal Innovations v. Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. et al

    Plaintiff DietGoal Innovations is a Texas limited liability company based in Austin.

    The defendants are Arby's Restaurant Group Inc., ABP Corp. d/b/a Au Bon Pain, Bojangle's Restaurants Inc., Burger King Holdings Inc., Chick-Fil-A Inc., CKE Restaurants Inc. d/b/a Hardee's, Culver Franchising System Inc., Doctor's Associates Inc. d/b/a Subway, International Dairy Queen Inc., DineWise Inc., Dunkin Brands Group Inc., EPL Intermediate Inc. d/b/a El Pollo Loco, Google Inc., Jack in the Box Inc., Jimmy John's Corpo., Panda Restaurant Group Inc., Panda Express Inc., Sonic Corp., Taco Bell Corp., TCBY Enterprises Inc., The Television Food Network, G.P., d/b/a Food Network, Wawa Inc., Wegmans Food Markets Inc., Wendy's International Inc. and Whole Foods Market Inc.

    The defendants are accused of infringing on U.S. Patent No. 6,585,516 issued July 1, 2003, for Method and System for Computerized Visual Behavior Analysis, Training, and Planning.

    DietGoal is seeking an award of damages, interest, attorney's fees and court costs.

    A jury trial is requested.

    The plaintiff is represented by Christopher M. Joe, Eric W. Buether, Brian A. Carpenter, Niky Bukovcan and Mark D. Perantie of Buether Joe & Carpenter in Dallas.

    U.S. District Judge David Folsom is assigned to the case.

    Case No. 2:11-cv-00418

  • Optimize Technology Solutions v. Staples Inc. et al.

    Plaintiff Optimize Technology Solutions is a Texas limited liability company with its principal place of business in Plano.

    The defendants are Staples Inc., Dillard's Inc., Inc., HSN Inc., J. C. Penney Co., Inc., L.L. Bean Inc., Recreational Equipment Inc., and Rhapsody International Inc.

    The defendants are accused of infringing on U.S. Patent No. 6,330,592 B1 issued Dec. 11, 2001, for Method, Memory, Product, and Code for Displaying Pre-Customized Content Associated with Visitor Data.

    The plaintiff is asking the court for an injunction to prevent further infringement and for an award of damages, treble damages, interest, attorney's fees and court costs.

    A jury trial is requested.

    Optimize Technology Solutions is represented by Steven Sprinkle, Elizabeth J. Brown Fore, Scott S. Crocker and Ari Akmal of Sprinkle IP Law Group P.C. in Austin; and Michael Kaeske and Eric Manchin of Kaeske Law Firm in Austin.

    U.S. District Judge T. John Ward is assigned to the case.

    Case No. 2:11-cv-00419

  • Variant Inc. et al. v. Amerco et al.
  • Variant Holdings et al. v. Hilton Hotels Holdings et al.

    Plaintiff Variant Holdings is a limited liability company with a place of business in Charlestown and Variant Holdings Inc. has a place of business in McFarland, Wisc.

    The defendants are Amerco, 1859 Historic Hotels Ltd. d/b/a South Shore Harbour Resort Conference Center & Spa d/b/a Hilton Houston Hobby Airport d/b/a Menger Hotel d/b/a The Crockett Hotel d/b/a Inn at the Waterpark d/b/a Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center d/b/a Y.O. Ranch Resort & Conference Center d/b/a Mountain Lake Hotel d/b/a The Cliff House at Pikes Peak d/b/a Williamsburg Hospitality House d/b/a Fredericksburg Hospital House d/b/a The Brown d/b/a Overton Hotel and Conference Center, Avis Budget Group Inc., Avis Rent A Car System, Best Western International Inc., Carlson Companies Inc., Carlson Companies Inc., Carlson Holdings Inc., Carlson Hospitality Group Inc., Carlson Hotels Worldwide Inc., Carlson Hotels Inc., Carlson Inc. d/b/a Park Inn By Radisson d/b/a Club Carlson, Country Hospital Worldwide Inc., Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Inc., Courtyard Management Corp., Execustay d/b/a Execustay by Marriott, Fairmont Hotel Management Co., Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (US) Inc., Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc., Gal-Tex Hotel Corp., Horseshoe Bay Resort Inc., LC WW Partners d/b/a The Westin Law Cantera Resort San Antonio, Le Meridian Hotels and Resorts Ltd., LH Houston Operating LLC d/b/a Hotel Icon, Loews Corp., Loews Hotels Holding Corp. d/b/a Loews Hotels, Marriott International Resorts L.P., Marriott International Inc. d/b/a Bulgari Hotels & Resorts d/b/a Marriott Hotels & Resorts d/b/a JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts d/b/a Renaissance Hotels & Resorts d/b/a Edition Hotels d/b/a Autograph Collection Independent Hotels d/b/a Courtyard by Marriott d/b/a AC Hotels by Marriott d/b/a Residence Inn by Marriott d/b/a Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott Conference Centers d/b/a Towneplace Suites by Marriott d/b/a Springhill Suites by Marriott d/b/a Marriott Executive Apartments d/b/a Marriott Grand Residence Club d/b/a Grand Residence by Marriott, Radisson Hotels International Inc., Renaissance International Inc., Residence Inn by Marriott, Ritz-Carlton Management Co., Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. d/b/a Four Points by Sheraton d/b/a Aloftsm Hotels d/b/a Elements Hotels d/b/a Element by Westin d/b/a St. Regis Hotels & Resorts d/b/a the Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts d/b/a W Hotels Worldwide d/b/a Westin Hotels & Resorts, the Hertz Corp. d/b/a Hertz Corp. d/b/a Hertz Car Rental, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., The Valenica Group Inc. d/b/a Hotel Sorella d/b/a Hotel Valencia, Towneplace Management, U-Haul International Inc. and Weccr General Partnership d/b/a The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center.

    Additional defendants are Hilton Hotels Holdings, Accor North America Inc., d/b/a Motel 6 d/b/a Studio 6 d/b/a Novotel Hotels, Alamo Rent A Car, Baymont Franchise Systems Inc. d/b/a Baymont Inn & Suites, Benchmark Hospitality International d/b/a Hotel Contessa, Days Inns Worldwide Inc., Dollar Rent A Car Inc., Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc., Enterprise Holdings Inc., Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co., Fertitta Hospitality Inc. d/b/a Hilton Galveston Island Resort, Hawthorn Suites Franchising Inc., Hilton Global Holdings, Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., Hilton Worldwide Inc. f/k/a Hilton Hotels Corp. d/b/a Conrad Hotels & Resorts d/b/a Doubletree by Hilton d/b/a Embassy Suites Hotels d/b/a Hampton Inn d/b/a Hampton Inn & Suites d/b/a Hilton Hotels & Resorts d/b/a Hilton Garden Inn d/b/a Home 2 Suites by Hilton d/b/a Homewood Suites by Hilton d/b/a Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts d/b/a Hilton Grand Vacations, Howard Johnson International Inc., Hyatt Corp., Hyatt Hotels Corp., d/b/a Park Hyatt d/b/a Andaz d/b/a Grand Hyatt Hotels d/b/a Hyatt Regency Hotels d/b/a Hyatt Summerfield Suites d/b/a Hyatt Resorts d/b/a Hyatt Vacation Club, Hyatt Hotels Management Corp., Hyatt Place Franchising, Knights Franchise Systems Inc., d/b/a Knights Inn, Microtel Inns and Suites Franchising Inc. d/b/a Microtel Inn & Suites, National Car Rental System Inc., North America Sofitel Corp., Omni Hotels Corp., Payless Rental Car System Inc., Ramada Worldwide Inc., Red Lion Hotels Corp., Red Lion Hotels Holdings Inc., Red Lion Hotels Management Inc., Red Lion Properties Inc., Select Hotels Group d/b/a Hyatt Place, Super 8 Worldwide Inc., Thrift Inc. d/b/a Thrift Car Rental, Travelodge Hotels Inc., TRT Development Co., TRT Holdings Inc., TRYP Hotels Worldwide Inc., U.S. Franchise Systems Inc., Vanguard Car Rental USA d/b/a Alama Rent A Car d/b/a National Car Rental, Westheimer Hotel LP d/b/a Hotel Derek, Wingate Inns International Inc., Wyndham Hotel Group, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Inc. and Wyndham Worldwide Corp.

    The defendants are accused of infringing on U.S. Patent No. 7,624,044 issued on Nov.24, 2009, for System for marketing goods and services utilizing computerized central and remote facilities.

    The plaintiffs are asking the court to issue an injunction and for an award of damages, costs, expenses, interest and attorney's fees.

    Variant Holdings is represented by John J. Edmonds and Stephen F. Schlather of Collins, Edmonds & Pogorzelski in Houston and Andrew W. Spangler of Spangler Law P.C. in Longview.

    A jury trial is requested.

    Case No. 2:11-cv-00422; 2:11-cv-00427

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