Jenam Tech, LLC has begun a new litigation campaign, suing LG Electronics (LGE) (4:19-cv-00249) and Samsung (4:19-cv-00250) in the Eastern District of Texas over two patents generally related to “detecting an idle TCP connection”. The plaintiff accuses both defendants of infringement through the provision of devices—certain smartphones and laptops, as well as, for Samsung, other “computing devices” such as “laptops, desktops, [and] Chromebooks”—with Google Chrome preinstalled. At issue is Chrome’s support of QUIC, a Google-developed protocol that improves the performance of certain web applications by establishing multiplexed connections between two endpoints.
Jenam Tech, LLC and Gummarus, LLC recently kicked off litigation campaigns over patents that the two affiliates of California monetization firm Oso IP, LLC received from Sitting Man LLC, a Delaware entity created by the patents’ sole named inventor to hold the assets. Those plaintiffs, however, are not the first to litigate the patents of Robert Paul Morris—and assignment records made public by the USPTO suggest that they are not likely to be the last.
During the first half of February, RPX saw the recordation with the USPTO of multiple past assignments of patent assets to various NPEs, including multiple entities affiliated with California attorney Kevin Zilka’s Oso IP, LLC recording the past assignment of patent assets between them, assets originally received from Hard Data Factory (online data scraping), Go2 Media (mobile media), or InstantBull (content aggregation). As usual, several of the other noted transfers involved apparent affiliates of Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV), which records made available during this period reveal has received patent assets generally related to three-dimensional data modeling (received from DeltaSphere) and mobile payment platforms (received from Mocapay).