RPX took notice, among the USPTO assignment records made available during the first part of April, of the transfer of patents from operating companies including GlobalFoundries, NXP Semiconductors, Panasonic, and Toshiba. Also noted was an assignment of nearly 950 patents from Intellectual Ventures LLC to Monument Patent Holdings, LLC (one of the Top Ten NPEs in 2016, by defendants added and new campaigns filed). While some of April’s transactions involved patents that have already been litigated, most involve assets not yet seen in litigation, suggesting that the launch of several new campaigns is imminent.
The fleet tracking campaign of Orthosie Systems, LLC, a Texas-based NPE controlled by Daniel F. Perez, has expanded to include four additional defendants: Applus Technologies (4:17-cv-00080), Fortive (4:17-cv-00109), Mix Telematics (4:17-cv-00111), and US Fleet Tracking (4:17-cv-00095). The new complaints assert the same single patent (7,430,471) at issue in the other cases in the campaign, which now number close to three dozen. The ‘471 patent generally relates to vehicle monitoring, and the accused products are the defendants’ hardware and software systems that use GPS to track the locations of vehicles and other assets.
Orthosie Systems, LLC, a Texas-based NPE controlled by Daniel F. Perez, added a round of cases to its fleet tracking campaign on the last day of 2016, accusing over a dozen companies—DPL Telematics, Fleet Daddy, iTrack America, Kore Wireless Group, M&G Fleet Solutions, Merchants Fleet Management, Pedigree Technologies, Quartix, RareStep, Sky Patrol, Spireon, Synovia Solutions, Track Star, and Track What Matters—in separate complaints of infringing a single patent (7,430,471). The ‘471 patent generally relates to vehicle monitoring, and the accused products are the defendants’ hardware and software systems for tracking the locations of vehicles using GPS. This round of cases follows nearly a dozen filed against other fleet tracking companies in November and earlier in December.