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Like 1940s fighter jet junkies waiting for Chuck Yeager and other daredevil pilots to break the sound barrier, the Litigation Daily has been keeping tabs on the most profligate patent infringement plaintiffs in East Texas. First there was Uniloc, which sued 92 companies through November for alleged infringement of its anti-piracy patent. Then we told you about Condatis, whose list of infringement defendants reached 120 last month. Now, in a string of suits filed in federal district court in Marshall, Tx., late last week, a new plaintiff arrived on the scene and obliterated those records. In seven suits, GeoTag, Inc.–a five-month-old company that’s looking to go public–sued a whopping 329 defendants for allegedly infringing its 10-year-old online mapping patent through their web sites. The defendants include fast food corporations, grocery chains, pharmacies, clothing companies, watch makers, banks, and car rental companies, to name just a few of the industries in GeoTag’s exceptionally wide crosshairs. (Read the complaints here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.) All of the suits filed by Plano, Tex.-based GeoTag claim infringement of the same patent, U.S. Patent 5,930,474, titled “Internet organizer for accessing geographically and topically based information.” If you’ve ever looked up store locations to buy lingerie or a pair of shoes, eat a hamburger, or to get a prescription filled, chances are you’ve been a party to the infringement GeoTag is alleging. A quick search of court records shows that GeoTag first sued for alleged infringement of the ’474 patent in July, when it targeted 14 companies that provide online people and business searches, including Yelp! and yellowpages.com. In the July cases and in the most recent suits, GeoTag is represented by Houston’s Collins, Edmonds & Pogorzelski. We left messages with GeoTag’s lead lawyer from that firm, John Edmonds, but didn’t hear back. We also left a message at GeoTag’s Plano offices, but no one from the company returned our call. According to this November registration statement for an IPO in which it hopes to raise $7 million, GeoTag is a spin-off of an Antigua-based business called Ubixo, which acquired the ’474 patent in February 2009. The company has two employees, led by president Antony Norris, 39, who was the CFO of Ubixo. The company has hired several unidentified law firms to pursue its patent claims on a contingency basis, the filing states. “We believe that, in time, it will be generally recognized that most companies seeking to develop, manufacture and/or sell products that use location-based information will require a license from us under the 474 Patent,” GeoTag states in the filing. In other words, GeoTag’s infringement suit frenzy may have just begun.

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