Three affiliates of LF Capital Partners, LLC have launched litigation campaigns in the space of a month, each over patents received from Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV) in December 2018. Computing Resource Technology LLC (CRT), a recently formed LF Capital affiliate, is the latest to do so; on June 28, the NPE sued Forbidden Technologies (d/b/a Blackbird) (1:19-cv-01237) over a single patent generally related to exchanging and manipulating multimedia files in a distributed computing environment. Blackbird is accused of infringement through the provision of its video platform, with CRT also calling out the inclusion of online video-editing software, FORscene.
In a new litigation campaign, Smart Locking Technologies LLC has sued Allegion (Schlage Lock Company) (1:19-cv-00994), Assa Abloy (August Home) (1:19-cv-00991), igloohome (1:19-cv-00992), and LockState (1:19-cv-00993) over two patents generally related to security devices. The recently formed NPE targets the defendants’ respective provision of the Schlage Encode Wi-Fi Deadbolt, August Smart Lock Pro, igloohome Smart Deadbolt, and OpenEdge Smart Lock—all smart locks that feature use of temporary access codes. The path that the asserted patents took into Smart Locking’s hands suggest that additional, affiliated campaigns may be coming.