A prior license agreement having expired on December 31, 2018, Bell Northern Research, LLC, a Hilco Inc. (d/b/a Hilco Global) company, has filed suit against Samsung (2:19-cv-00286) over five patents allegedly covered by that license, as well as three others already in suit in the campaign that Bell Northern began roughly one year ago. Certain Samsung smartphones, tablets, and “home or office electronics products” (e.g., smartwatches, laptops, TVs, home theater equipment, and Blu-Ray or DVD players) are targeted with the eight patents from among the portfolio of thousands received in December 2017 from Broadcom, having general subject matter ranging from wireless communication to battery conservation, integration of accelerometers to music playback with mobile devices, among other things. The new complaint avoids two patents, also previously in suit, perhaps in recognition of unfavorable rulings in a Southern District of California claim construction order handed down earlier this month.
Bell Northern Research, LLC, a Hilco Inc. (d/b/a Hilco Global) company, has added a lawsuit against LG Electronics (LGE) (3:18-cv-02864) to its sole litigation campaign, begun this past August with cases targeting devices provided by Huawei, Kyocera, Yulong Computer Communications (Coolpad Technologies), and ZTE. With the new complaint, ten patents from a portfolio of thousands received in December 2017 from Broadcom have been asserted across the campaign. LGE is accused of infringing eight of those patents through the provision of a wide array of products: cell phones compatible with certain 3GPP cellular standards and/or 802.11n or 802.11ac Wi-Fi; tablets supporting those Wi-Fi standards, some of which also offer 3GPP compatibility; various other “home or office electronics products” supporting those Wi-Fi standards, including “laptop computers, televisions, home theater equipment, and Blu-Ray or DVD players”; and “home appliance products” supporting those Wi-Fi standards, including “refrigerators, washers, and dryers”.