On January 15 and 16, 2013, Yonkers, New York-based Joao Bock Transactional Systems, LLC (“JBTS”) filed complaints initiating the following lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia:
1) Joao Bock Transaction Systems, LLC v. Georgia’s Own Credit Union, No. 1:13-cv-0147- RWS, filed 01/15/13 in the Atlanta Division, assigned to U.S. District Judge Richard W. Story;
2) Joao Bock Transaction Systems, LLC v. The Bank of Georgia, No. 3:13-cv-0007-TCB, filed 01/15/13 in the Newnan Division, assigned to U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten;
3) Joao Bock Transaction Systems, LLC v. United Community Bank, No. 2:13-cv-0008-WCO, filed 01/15/13 in the Gainesville Division, assigned to U.S. District Judge William C. O’Kelley; and
4) Joao Bock Transaction Systems, LLC v. Hamilton State Bank, No. 2:13-cv-0010-WCO, filed 01/16/13 in the Gainesville Division, also assigned to U.S. District Judge William C. O’Kelley.
Each lawsuit alleges infringement of two related patents: U.S. Patent No. 6,047,270 (“the ’270 Patent”), issued April 4, 2000 and titled “Apparatus and Method for Providing Account Security”; and U.S. Patent No. 7,096,003 (“the ’003 Patent”), issued August 22, 2006 and titled “Transaction Security Apparatus.” These are two of the same patents asserted against defendants in other litigation, identified in our 08/23/12 post, which also generally describes the technology disclosed in those patents.
JBTS’ above-identified complaints describe the accused products as “Online Banking products and/or services,” including: in lawsuit (1), Georgia’s Own Credit Union’s “Online Banking and Online Bill Pay services”; in lawsuit (2), The Bank of Georgia’s “eBiz Express Online Banking Service”; in lawsuit (3), United Community Bank’s “Business Online Banking Service”; and in lawsuit (4), Hamilton State Bank’s “Business Cash Management Service.”
The complaints allege both direct infringement and indirect infringement (i.e., inducement to infringe under 35 U.S.C. § 271(b) and contributory infringement (35 U.S.C. § 271(c)). All of the complaints allege willful infringement and seek remedies for such infringement under the Patent Act.