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Walker Digital, LLC v. Expedia, Inc.

United States District Court, Third Circuit

June 19, 2013

WALKER DIGITAL, LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
EXPEDIA, INC., AMAZON.COM, INC., AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC., and ZAPPOS.COM, INC., Defendants. WALKER DIGITAL, LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
AMAZON.COM, INC., Defendant. WALKER DIGITAL, LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
BARNES & NOBLE, INC., Defendant. WALKER DIGITAL, LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
EXPEDIA, INC., Defendant.

Richard D. Kirk, Esquire and Stephen B. Brauerman, Esquire, and Vanessa R. Tiradentes, Esquire of Bayard, P.A., Wilmington, Delaware. Counsel for Plaintiff. Of Counsel: Anthony G. Simon, Esquire of The Simon Law Firm, P.C., Marc A. Fenster, Esquire and Benjamin T. Wang, Esquire of Russ, August & Kabat, and Timothy E. Grochocinski, Esquire of lnnovaLaw, LLC.

Richard L. Horwitz, Esquire, David E. Moore, Esquire, and Bindu A. Palapura, Esquire of Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Wilmington, Delaware. Counsel for Defendants Amazon.com, Inc, Zappos.com, Inc., and Target Corp. Of Counsel: Eliza V. Bechtold, Esquire, Klaus H. Hamm, Esquire, Salumeh R. Loesch, Esquire, Jeffrey S. Love, Esquire, Todd M. Siegel, Esquire, Philip Warrick, Esquire, Garth A. Winn, Esquire, Kristen L. Reichenbach, Esquire, and Carla Todenhagen, Esquire of Klarquist Sparkman, LLP.

William J. Marsden, Jr., Esquire and Gregory Booker, Esquire of Fish and Richardson, P.C., Wilmington, Delaware. Counsel for Defendant Expedia, Inc. Of Counsel: Ahmed J. Davis, Esquire, Gabriel Olander, Esquire, and Linhong Zhang, Esquire of Fish & Richardson P.C.

Chad S. C. Stover, Esquire of Novak Druce Connolly Bove 䋨 LLP, Wilmington, Delaware. Counsel for Defendant American Airlines, Inc. Of Counsel: John B. Campbell, Jr., Esquire and Phillip Aurentz of McKool Smith.

Philip A. Rovner, Esquire and Alan R. Silverstein, Esquire of Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Wilmington, Delaware. Counsel for Defendant Barnes & Noble, Inc.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

SUE L. ROBINSON, District Judge.

I. INTRODUCTION

On April 11, 2011, plaintiff Walker Digital, LLC ("plaintiff') filed Civ. No. 11-313 against ten defendants, including eBay, Inc. ("eBay"), for allegedly infringing U.S. Patent Nos. 7, 831, 470 ("the '470 patent") and 7, 827, 056 ("the '056 patent"). (Civ. No. 11-313, D.I. 1) Currently before the court in Civ. No. 11-313 is defendants Amazon.com, Inc. ("Amazon"), Zappos.com, Inc. ("Zappos"), and Expedia, Inc.'s motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(1) for lack of standing ( Id., D.I. 242), and Amazon and Zappos' motion for leave to file amended answers ( Id., D.I. 258).

On February 7, 2012, plaintiff filed separate actions against defendants Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Inc., and Expedia, Inc., alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 8, 112, 359 ("the '359 patent"). (Civ. No. 12-140, D.I. 1; Civ. No. 12-141, D.I. 1; Civ. No. 12-142, D.I. 1) Currently before the court are these defendants' motions to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(1) for lack of standing. (Civ. No.12-140, D.I. 75; Civ. No.12-141, D.I. 52; and Civ. No. 12-142, D.I. 44)

The court has jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1338(a). For the reasons that follow, the defendants' motions to dismiss are granted.[1]

II. BACKGROUND

On April 11, 2011, plaintiff filed Civ. No. 11-315 against numerous defendants, including eBay, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7, 236, 942 ("the '942 patent"). (Civ. No. 11-315, D.I. 1) In order to settle Civ. No. 11-315, plaintiff and eBay, Inc. ("eBay") entered into a Confidential Settlement and License Agreement ("Settlement Agreement"). Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, plaintiff

grant[ed] to EBAY, effective immediately, [2] an irrevocable, nonexclusive, fully paid-up, worldwide license, under the PATENT RIGHTS to use, make, have made, sell, offer to sell, modify, import, export, and otherwise offer, dispose of, distribute, display, host, advertise, and/pr promote any COVERED PRODUCT directly or indirectly through any channel, including through multiple tiers of distribution. ...

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