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Patent Watch – Using a Mobile Phone to Read Codes – Kiosk Scanner

Kiosk Scanner & Mobile Phones Reading Codes

Be glad you are not one of the 67 companies being litigated against for violation of this patent.  The patent number is US 8,424,752 B2 and the list of defendants is impressive.

Patent Abstract

scannerA method comprising: capturing a digital image using a digital image capturing device that is part of a portable electronic device; detecting symbology associated with an object within the digital image using a portable electronic device; decoding the symbology to obtain a decode string using one or more visual detection applications residing on the portable electronic device; sending the decode string to a remote server for processing; receiving information about the object from the remote server wherein the information is based on the decode string of the object; displaying the information on a display device associated with the portable electronic device.

Hilton Worldwide IncorporatedHilton Worldwide Incorporated6:16-cv-0220012/22/2016
Circle K Stores IncorporatedCircle K Stores Incorporated6:16-cv-0219812/22/2016
Hyatt Hotels CorporationHyatt Corporation6:16-cv-0220112/22/2016
Darden Restaurants IncorporatedDarden Corporation6:16-cv-0219912/22/2016
The Walt Disney CompanyThe Walt Disney Company6:16-cv-0220512/22/2016
The Mall at Millenia Promotional…The Mall at Millenia Promotional…6:16-cv-0220412/22/2016
Home DepotHome Depot1:16-cv-1075011/18/2016
First National Of Nebraska Incor…First National Bank (Omaha)1:16-cv-1074311/18/2016
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corpo…Twentieth Century Fox Home Enter…1:16-cv-1075111/18/2016
Johnson & JohnsonJohnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.1:16-cv-1075211/18/2016
Best Buy Co., Inc.Best Buy Co., Inc. LLC
Best Buy Stores
Brother Industries LimitedBrother International Corporation0:16-cv-6172907/20/201611/16/2016
PGA Tour Holdings Inc.PGA Tour, Inc.0:16-cv-6173407/20/201610/31/2016
NextEra Energy, Inc.Florida Power & Light Company
NextEra Energy, Inc.
Sysco CorporationFreshpoint Incorporated0:16-cv-6173207/20/201611/08/2016
Actiontec Electronics IncorporatedActiontec Electronics Incorporated2:16-cv-00450
( and 1 other )
Pioneer CorporationPioneer Electronics (USA) Incorp…2:16-cv-00450
( and 1 other )
Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.Kwikset Corporation2:16-cv-00450
( and 1 other )
NETGEAR, Inc.NETGEAR, Inc.2:16-cv-00450
( and 1 other )
AT&T, Inc.AT&T Mobility LLC
AT&T Services Incorporated
( and 1 other )
Waterpik Inc.Waterpik Inc.2:16-cv-0060206/07/2016
Falcon Safety Products, Inc.Falcon Safety Products, Inc.2:16-cv-00450
( and 1 other )
Auntie Anne’s, LLCAuntie Anne’s, LLC2:16-cv-00450
( and 1 other )
LifeLock, Inc.LifeLock, Inc.2:16-cv-00450
( and 1 other )
HSBC HoldingsHSBC Bank USA National Association2:16-cv-00450
( and 1 other )
Bank of America Corp.Bank of America Corp.
Bank Of America NA
( and 1 other )
Texas Bank and Trust CompanyTexas Bank and Trust Company2:16-cv-00450
( and 1 other )
SunTrust Banks, Inc.SunTrust Bank2:16-cv-00450
( and 1 other )
Citigroup IncorporatedCitibank NA2:16-cv-0045004/26/201608/22/2016
Landmark BankLandmark Bank2:16-cv-00450
( and 1 other )
JP Morgan Chase & CoJP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.2:16-cv-00450
( and 1 other )
Beacon Payments LLCBeacon Payments LLC2:16-cv-00450
( and 1 other )
KaiJet Technology International …KaiJet Technology International …2:15-cv-0116901/23/201603/09/2016
The Procter & Gamble CompanyThe Procter & Gamble Company2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
TATA Motors LimitedJaguar Land Rover North America LLC2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
Mattel IncorporatedMattel Incorporated
Fuhu, Inc.
( and 2 others )
General Mills IncorporatedGeneral Mills Incorporated2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
PNY Technologies IncorporatedPNY Technologies Incorporated2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
The Hain Celestial Group Incorpo…The Hain Celestial Group Incorpo…2:15-cv-0186511/24/201506/14/2016
NeilMed Products IncorporatedNeilMed Products Incorporated2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
Pernod Ricard SAPernod Ricard USA2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
JD Power and AssociatesJD Power and Associates2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SALVMH Watch & Jewelry USA Inc.2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
Bally Total Fitness Holding Corp…Bally Total Fitness Corporation2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
RE/MAX International IncorporatedRE/MAX International Incorporated2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insura…OppenheimerFunds Incorporated2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
Toronto-Dominion BankTD Bank, N.A.
Toronto-Dominion Bank
TD Bank US Holding Company
( and 1 other )
Liberty Mutual Holding CompanyLiberty Mutual Group Incorporated
Liberty Life Assurance Company o…
( and 1 other )
CIGNA CorporationCIGNA Corporation
CIGNA Dental Health, Inc.
Cigna Health and Life Insurance …
( and 1 other )
American ExpressAmerican Express2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
GEICO CorporationGovernment Employees Insurance C…2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
Unilever PLCUnilever US Incorporated2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
State FarmState Farm Mutual Automobile Ins…2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
Allstate CorporationAllstate Insurance Company
Allstate Corporation
( and 1 other )
JetBlue Airways CorporationJetBlue Airways Corporation2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
Health Care Service CorporationHealth Care Service Corporation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Te…
( and 2 others )
Ralph Lauren CorporationRalph Lauren Corporation2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
Wellmark, Inc.Wellmark, Inc.
Wellmark of South Dakota, Inc.
( and 1 other )
Tag Heuer USATag Heuer USA2:15-cv-0118306/30/201509/10/2015
Pinnacle Foods Inc.Pinnacle Foods Inc.2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
Aetna IncorporatedAetna Incorporated2:15-cv-01169
( and 1 other )
Adams Extract Co., Inc.Adams Extract Co., Inc.2:15-cv-0116906/29/201506/22/2016
Exxon Mobil CorporationExxon Mobil Corporation2:15-cv-0041303/23/201511/17/2015
Kimberly-Clark CorporationKimberly-Clark Corporation2:15-cv-0019802/11/201506/18/2015
J.C. Penney Company, Inc.J.C. Penney Company, Inc.2:15-cv-0019702/11/201502/26/2015
PepsiCo IncorporatedFrito-Lay Incorporated2:15-cv-0019602/11/201504/16/2015

Kiosk Patent RTC Litigation

Kiosk Patent  “449” & RTC

The information here is regarding legal actions related to patent “449” for equipping a kiosk with WiFi basically. Actions began in July of 2014 and still in progress. A total of 14 actions.



For reference as of today here are the closed cases: Catalina, Zivelo, Phoenix, Flex, StoreKraft, Slabb & Digiboo.

The “still Open” suits are: KIS, Olea, Meridian and Dustshield (parent for Phoenix).


1/6/2015:  several more litigants have settled including Slabb and Phoenix Kiosk and Zivelo. They join Catalina, Flextronics and Store Kraft in the “closed” category.  Opens are:  Kodak, KIS, Fab Concepts, Olea, Digiboo, Acosta, Advantage Sales and Dustshield.

12/5:  Advantage Sales and Marketing of California added as 449 litigant. Open in Initial Pleadings

From the complaint:  On information and belief, Defendant Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC is a California corporation with a principal place of business at 18100 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, California 92612. Defendant makes, uses and sells wireless interactive consumer video systems, including, but not limited to, systems and applications utilizing its “Advantage Retail Technology Services” platform, described at services# and in the video located at the same website address. These interactive systems and applications allow users to interact wirelessly through a tablet or other media with back end or back office computers, point-of-sale data, and other data, including interacting with software or applications that provide presentations with graphics or video content. Defendant does business on a regular basis in Illinois and in this District, including making, using, selling and/or offering

New litigant 12/04: Acosta Sales and Marketing. Open in Initial Pleadings.

RTC Litigation

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Abstract:   On March 4, 1997, the UUSPO issued Patent No. 5,608,449 (“the ‘449 patent”) entitled “Wireless  Interactive Consumer Video System.” RTC is the owner of the ‘449 patent.

Defendant has been and still is infringing and inducing infringement of the ‘449 patent by making, using, offering to sell, selling, and/or importing wireless interactive consumer video systems, including, list of systems, in Illinois.

Update on litigation(s)

10/31/2014 —  Digiboo added

10/30/2014 — Meridian, Slabb & Phoenix added to list

10/29/2014 —   Olea Kiosks added to list

Also appears the Kraft and Flextronix suits status has changed to “Closed”

Reference link for patent


patent text

  • Catalina Marketing  (multiple)
  • Zivelo
  • Kodak Alaris Inc.  (mobile to picture kiosk)
  • Store Kraft  (Kohl’s department store)
  • KIS (Kiosk Information Systems)
  • Flextronics  (Redbox)

Products “accused” include:


  • Redbox


  • C-Store Network
  • Buyer Vision
  • Mobile
  • Digital Rewards

Store Kraft

  • Kohl’s


  • C2 Desktop Public Terminals, C3 Wallmount Public Terminals, C6 Thin,  Floorstanding Public Terminals, C7 Floorstanding Public Terminals, C10

KIS (KIOSK Information Systems)

Defendant makes, uses and sells wireless interactive consumer video systems, including kiosk systems which Defendant refers to as Caddie, Fairway, Portal, Thinman, Stealth,  Edge H.D., Edge, Contour Financial Series, Arch, and Wedge, which are installed in numerous  Case: 1:14-cv-06683 Document #: 1 Filed:

08/29/14 Page 1 of 5 PageID #:1 2 locations, and are depicted at On information and belief,  Defendant does business on a regular basis in Illinois and in this District, including making,  using, selling and/or offering for sale its wireless interactive consumer video systems in Illinois and this District which infringe RTC’s rights under the patent asserted herein.

Links for RTC

Related Articles

Verizon and Kiosk Patents

Interesting article on Verizon from IP Watchdog as Verizon joinsverizon-logo their list “Companies We Watch”.  Verizon has been very active in the patent and self-service area.  Their patent for tele-diagnosis and analysis of dermatological skin conditions is fascinating one for me.

Excerpts from IP Watchdog

Verizon’s inaugural appearance in the Companies We Follow series revealed plenty of patent applications in the realm of retail kiosk services, including one that discusses a kiosk which allows users to purchase mobile devices and activate subscriber services. Other recent patent applications published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office referenced some useful technologies involving vehicles, including one designed to restrict the use of mobile devices when an owner is driving a vehicle.

A few of the patent applications that we ended up exploring in detail discuss a few innovations in retail technologies designed to improve Verizon’s ability to get its products into the hands of consumers. U.S. Patent Application No. 20140351075, which is titledKiosk for Dispensing and Activating User Devices, discusses technological innovations that allow customers to purchase wireless devices and activate data subscription plans without having to visit an actual store. The patent application would protect a device with one or more processors that determines device information associated with a user device housed within a kiosk, dispenses the user device, receives subscription information associated with the device’s purchaser and provide activation information permitting a user device to be activated on a network. Through this system, a purchaser could visit a website to begin the purchase of a device, including selection of subscription package, and then purchase and activate the device from a kiosk instead of an actual store. Tools for providing more personalized customer service in retail establishments are described within U.S. Patent Application No. 20140324638, titled Near-Field Communication (NFC)-Based Retail Experience Using a Retail Kiosk or Mobile Device. The retail kiosk claimed by this patent application includes a display unit, a user-input interface and an NFC reader that establishes an NFC-based communication link with a compatible user device to authenticate the user and provide a personalized retail experience through the user-input interface and display unit. The resulting invention provides customers with a kiosk through which they can access information for a meaningful comparison of mobile wireless devices; the kiosk is capable of detecting what device the customer may be interested in purchasing through the use of the NFC link.

Finally, we wanted to share one novel patent developed by Verizon which allows a mobile device owner to utilize his or her smartphone as a health diagnostic tool. U.S. Patent No. 8891841, entitled Mobile Dermatology Collection and Analysis System, protects a system enabling a device user to get professional medical advice for a developing skin condition, such as a rash, without having to visit a physician. The patent protects a mobile communications device method of obtaining one or more images, extracting features from those images to create feature vectors and determining a dermatological classification of the images based on a dermatological analysis model.

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Legal Patent News – RTC files civil action against Kiosk Information Systems “449”

RTC suit against KIOSK Information Systems is filed August 29th.  Also attached is proceedings of RTC against Zivelo.

The patent in question is “the 449 patent”.

RTC Industries, Inc. v. KIOSK Information Systems, Inc.
Civil Action No. 1:14-cv-06683; no judge yet assigned.
Filed on Aug. 29, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois;

Lawsuit Details

RFC Case Number:P-R14-6683K
Court Case Number:1:14-cv-06683
File Date:Friday, August 29, 2014
Plaintiff:RTC Industries, Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel:
Defendant:KIOSK Information Systems, Inc.
Cause:35:271 Patent Infringement
Court:Illinois Northern District Court
Notes:Proceedings unavailable at the time of filing.
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CM 1 14-cv-05708_ilnd  (Zivelo brief)