2019 has seen a burst of litigation activity by Cedar Lane Technologies Inc., which has launched its first four campaigns just since late May. In this month so far, the Canadian NPE has added three cases to that first campaign, suing BeFunky (1:19-cv-02258) in the District of Delaware and Acer (1:19-cv-01207) and ZTE (1:19-cv-01210) in the Western District of Texas over overlapping sets of patents, generally related to image capture and editing, from a portfolio of roughly 50 patents formerly held by Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV).
Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. has filed suit in the District of Delaware against Yulong Computer (Coolpad Technologies) (1:19-cv-01648), targeting the defendant’s provision of the Coolpad Illumina smartphone with six patents from a portfolio of roughly 50 patents formerly held by Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV). The NPE began this campaign in May and has since hit ten defendants with more than two dozen patents in multiple venues.
Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. has added an Eastern District of Texas suit against Panasonic (2:19-cv-00241) to the campaign that it began in May by suing first Advert Tech in the Northern District of Illinois and then Photonics Management and Teledyne Digital Imaging in the District of Delaware. The NPE had just received roughly 50 patents formerly held by Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV). In early June, Cedar Lane added to the campaign another Illinois suit, against 123RF, and another Delaware case, against PicMonkey. The complaint against Panasonic asserts three of those patents, all generally related to image capture or correction, targeting the defendant over the provision of the Lumix GX880, DMC-FZ100, and DMC-GH2 cameras.
Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV) has been divesting patent assets at an accelerating rate over the past couple of years, in batches both big and small. For example, as reported this week, Dominion Harbor Enterprises, LLC affiliate Vista Peak Ventures, LLC continues to assert a subset of over 1,200 former NEC patents that the NPE acquired from IV last year, and, as reported just last week, IV transferred a more modest set of patents, numbering around 50, to Steephill Technologies LLC, which passed them immediately along to Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. in apparent preparation for assertion. That assertion is simply “apparent” no longer. This week, Cedar Lane has accused Advert Tech (1:19-cv-03442) of infringing three of those patents in a new complaint filed in the Northern District of Illinois targeting the provision of Ex++ Series Network Cameras such as the “Long Range Bullet Camera”.
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