Rondevoo Technologies, LLC has opened up a second litigation campaign, filing a District of Delaware suit against LG Electronics (LGE) (1:18-cv-00860) and a Northern District of Illinois suit against Sony (1:18-cv-03950). The NPE asserts a single patent generally related to “clustering” keys on an input device, such as telephone keypad or computer keyboard, to facilitate selection entry, with infringement allegations focused on the ability to enter alternate (i.e., accented) characters through the keypads of certain Android smartphones—e.g., Sony’s Xperia Z5 and the LG G3. Rondevoo pleads that the “inventors” recognized “a need for improving cluster key arrangements for mobile devices such as cell-phones”, citing to the patent’s abstract for the statement that “[t]his cluster key arrangement may be mechanically configured or electronically configured”.
A late May assignment suggests that courts may soon see litigation filed by a plaintiff with connections to 2S Ventures, LLC—an “intellectual property accelerator” with apparent ties to several litigating NPEs. Meanwhile, former Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV) assets continue to spread among NPEs, with one assignee (a top filer in 2017) kicking off three new campaigns in April-May involving IV divestitures.
RPX took notice, among the USPTO assignment records made available during the first half of July, of a patent transfer involving over 160 assets to Fortress Investment Group LLC. Other assignees of note included IP Edge LLC, the most prolific patent plaintiff in 2017 thus far, and Rondevoo Technologies, Inc., which appears to be on the precipice of launching its first litigation campaign.