In late March, the USPTO made public five patent assignments from various Pendrell Corporation subsidiaries to Uniloc Luxembourg S.A. This transaction appears to be the one that Pendrell disclosed in a February SEC filing—a divestiture it described as comprising “patents related to cellular and digital wireless devices and infrastructure” from multiple sources, including Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), IBM, and Philips. Collectively, the transfers assigned over 445 assets to Uniloc, including patents now being asserted by the NPE in seven recently initiated litigation campaigns.
Memory Technologies LLC (MTL), a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation, has filed suit against Kingston Technology (8:18-cv-00171), asserting eight patents from a larger portfolio acquired from Nokia early in 2013. MTL alleges that “as many as 82 of its patents belong to families with patents essential to various memory and electronic storage standards”, including the JEDEC eMMC standard and Secure Digital Association Physical Layer Specification (“SD Standard”). The complaint accuses Kingston of infringement through the manufacture and sale of certain SD cards and eMMC memory products, MTL further pleading that the defendant has been on notice of alleged infringement of the asserted patents since October 2013 but has not responded to repeated offers of a license under reasonable and non-discriminatory (RAND) terms. The new case follows a 2017 that saw Pendrell lose significant Federal Circuit appeals in its long-running campaign to enforce its digital rights management (DRM) portfolio, take steps to delist its securities from the NASDAQ exchange, and reportedly divest itself of a major patent portfolio.
Network-1 Technologies, Inc. has disclosed a 74.5-percent increase in revenue for 2016 due to license agreements signed throughout the fiscal year, also announcing that its net income increased by five times compared to 2015. Meanwhile, Pendrell Corporation reported its first year of operating income in 2016 as it prepares to de-list from Nasdaq, part of the NPE’s ongoing efforts to shift away from patent assertion in the wake of adverse jury verdicts in its ContentGuard DRM campaign.
Memory Technologies LLC (MTL), a subsidiary of publicly traded patent investment company Pendrell Corporation, has filed a single lawsuit against Western Digital and its recently acquired SanDisk subsidiary (8:16-cv-02163). The complaint asserts eight patents (8,307,180; 9,063,850; 7,739,487; 7,565, 469; 7,827,370; 7,275,186; RE45,486; RE45,542) from a larger portfolio acquired from Nokia early in 2013. MTL alleges that “as many as 81 of its patents belong to families with patents essential to various memory and electronic storage standards”, including the JEDEC eMMC standard and Secure Digital Association Physical Layer Specification (“SD Standard”). MTL accuses various memory products, including SanDisk SD cards, microSD cards, SanDisk eMMCs (“embedded multimedia cards”), and other products that contain SanDisk eMMCs. MTL also filed an ITC action against SanDisk and Western Digital (337-TA-1034) on the same day it launched the district court cases, asserting the ‘180, ‘850, ‘186, ‘486, and ‘542 patents against the same types of memory product.