Virtual Immersion Technologies LLC, an entity under the apparent control of Equitable IP Corporation, has filed another round of Delaware suits in its campaign litigating a single patent generally related to virtual reality entertainment systems. The newest defendants are 20th Century Fox (1:17-cv-01539), Caterpillar (1:17-cv-01540), Deere & Company (1:17-cv-01541), and Ford (1:17-cv-01542). The NPE’s complaints again accuse each defendant of infringement through use of “an interactive, real time virtual reality system”, providing links to various webpages (some of them appearing to be broken) that purport to demonstrate the each defendant has created a virtual reality experience (e.g., the Ford complaint containing a URL for an online video advertisement of Ford’s purported use of Facebook’s Oculus VR headset) or filmed in 3D (e.g., the 20th Century Fox complaint containing URLs announcing the 3D/Simulcam filming of an X-Men movie).
Post Media Systems LLC has kept its sole litigation campaign alive, filing suit against SoundCloud (2:16-cv-01269) after a September settlement with iHeartMedia and an October settlement with Spotify. All patents in a family of five (7,069,310; 7,472,175; 8,015,263; 8,725,832; 8,959,181) are asserted in the new complaint, subsets having been asserted against the prior two defendants. The family generally relates to managing media files for playback over a computer network, with the defendants accused of infringement through the provision of their music and radio online services and related apps. Post Media’s is one of seven litigation campaigns, in disparate technical fields, initiated by entities managed by Erik Stamell, now the president of NPE Equitable IP Corporation, since November 2015.
High Frequency Trading Systems LLC (HFTS) has filed four new cases in the campaign it began in late 2015, asserting a single patent (7,231,363) generally related to electronically managing the exchange of financial instruments. Knight Capital (KCG BondPoint) (2:16-cv-13082), Liquidnet (2:16-cv-13077), MarketAxess Holdings (2:16-cv-13052), and MTS Markets (2:16-cv-13084) are accused of infringement through provision of online trading platforms. HFTS’s new filings provide just one example of the recent activities of its manager, Erik Stamell.