Accelerated Memory Tech, LLC, an entity affiliated with Atlanta-based monetization firm IP Investments Group, LLC (d/b/a IPinvestments Group), has filed a third case in its sole campaign litigating a single patent generally related to improving server performance. The latest defendant is F5 Networks (2:19-cv-00183); the new case, filed in the Western District of Washington, joins a Northern District of Georgia suit against Barracuda Networks still active after an apparent settlement in a prior case brought against Citrix (the first suit filed in this campaign, in April 2018). F5 Networks is accused of infringement through the provision of its BIG-IP Platform, which allegedly “includes services such as WebAccelerator that perform functions such as handling HTTP requests, dynamic caching, and load balancing”. Meanwhile, last month, Accelerated Memory filed its opposition to a Barracuda Networks motion challenging the patent-in-suit as invalid under Alice.
A number of notable patent assignments have been recorded with the USPTO this month, including three involving former Nero AG patents, all transferred to recently formed NPEs. Also of note was an assignment to a new NPE with possible ties to IP Investments Group, LLC.
In early July, RPXnoted the assignment of multiple patents from IQ Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of the Atlanta monetization firm IP Investments Group, LLC (d/b/a IPinvestments Group), to another affiliate, Universal Transdata, LLC. Universal Transdata has now asserted one of those patents, generally related to a mobile storage device with a retractable universal serial bus (USB) connection. The NPE accuses seven defendants of infringement through the provision of flash drives, in two venues: ADATA Technology (1:17-cv-03234), Silicon Power Computer & Communications (1:17-cv-03235), and Staples (1:17-cv-03285) in the Northern District of Georgia (where IPinvestments Group is based) and DexxxonDigital Storage (1:17-cv-01238), Ingram Micro (1:17-cv-01237), Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings (Verbatim Americas) (1:17-cv-01240), and Monster Digital (1:17-cv-01239), and) in the District of Delaware.
Of note among the assignment records published by the USPTO during the second half of July were multiple NPE-to-NPE transactions involving patents that have been previously asserted in litigation. Also in late July, a confirmatory assignment involving patents currently being litigated by Intellectual Ventures LLC was recorded, and CG Technology, LLC completed an uncharacteristic patent acquisition.
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.