After District Judge Rodney Gilstrap issued letters rogatory to effect service on the first two defendants in its campaign, Taiwanese companies Acer and MediaTek, M-Red Inc. has expanded that campaign with another Eastern District of Texas suit. The third defendant is Panasonic (2:19-cv-00251), which M-Red accuses of infringing the same three patents already in suit, as well as a new one. With the three related patents, broadly directed to measuring and/or adjusting for temperature and voltage fluctuations in an integrated circuit (IC), the NPE targets Panasonic’s provision of products that “utilize on-chip temperature sensors for power management” such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 602A, 820A, and or 820 systems-on-chips (SOCs), including the Ford SYNC 3 Infotainment System. As to the newly asserted patent, which is generally related to temperature testing an IC device that contains a solder ball array connection, M-Red targets the provision of certain ICs or products incorporating ICs including the Panasonic MN2WS0270, MN34120, MN34230, MN34440PL, MN34595, MW39781, and MW39783 SoCs.
M-Red Inc., a subsidiary of publicly traded Quest Patent Research Corporation (QPRC), has begun to assert in litigation the first of nearly 50 US assets received from Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV) this past March. The NPE accuses Acer (2:19-cv-00143) and MediaTek (2:19-cv-00141) of infringing three patents generally related to measuring and/or adjusting for temperature and voltage fluctuations in an integrated circuit. As RPXreported just last week, QPRC disclosed in its recent 10-K that it entered into an agreement with IV on March 15, under which it will distribute 50% of net proceeds of the M-Red patents to IV as long as QPRC generates revenue from the portfolio. QPRC also reports having paid IV $75K for the portfolio, “treated as an advance against distributions [sic] the first distributions of net proceeds payable to IV”.