Wireless Monitoring Systems LLC has filed six more cases in its sole litigation campaign, conducted since its outset in November 2016 in the Eastern District of Texas. The six new suits, each also filed in that district, hit Ascent Capital Group (“MONI Security, LP”) (2:17-cv-00503), AT&T (2:17-cv-00501), Charter (2:17-cv-00505), Comcast (2:17-cv-00502), Smith Thompson Security (2:17-cv-00504), and Vector Security (2:17-cv-00506). Wireless Monitoring has asserted two circuit monitoring patents (8,912,893; 9,280,886) in each complaint in the campaign, targeting the defendants’ provision of wireless security systems that include some combination of a control pad, a hub, motion detectors, and sensors for doors and windows. In TC Heartland’s aftermath, the NPE has hinged proper venue on different allegations for the various new defendants.
Recently formed Texas NPE Paluxy Messaging, LLC has initiated a first litigation campaign with new cases filed against 8×8 (6:16-cv-01346), Longview Cable Television (6:16-cv-01345), Nextiva (6:16-cv-01348), and ShoreTel (6:16-cv-01350). Paluxy asserts a single patent (8,411,829) generally related to a messaging system that separately transmits copies of recorded messages. The NPE accuses the defendants of infringement through provision of their voicemail services. The ‘829 patent has five named inventors, one of whom, James D. Logan, is a prolific inventor whose patents have been the subject of high-profile past litigation, including the long-running Personal Audio LLCcampaign. Public filings in connection with an appeal to the New Hampshire Supreme Court from Logan’s divorce decree indicate that his now second ex-wife, Caren, has been awarded, through a separate patent stipulation, a percentage interest in Logan’s patent holdings through the companies that own them.