In December 2018, Irish entity Solas OLED Limited augmented its sizeable portfolio of patents, received from Casio in April 2016, with an additional set of assets received from Microchip Technology (Atmel) and one additional patent received from the University of Stuttgart. The patents generally relate to various aspects of display panels, and Solas OLED began asserting them in litigation by suing LG Display, LG Electronics (LGE), and Sony in the Western District of Texas, later adding cases against Samsung (in the Eastern District of Texas) and Alphabet (Google) and Dell (back in the Western District of Texas). With subsequent amendments to its early complaints and with a new case filed in the Western District against Apple (6:19-cv-00537), Solas OLED has now brought all of this litigation into a single display panel campaign.
In early May, Irish NPE Solas OLED Limited sued Samsung in the Eastern District of Texas over a former Atmel patent generally related to a flexible touch sensor comprising a conductive mesh grid and a flexible substrate that are “configured to wrap around one or more edges of a display”. On August 23, the plaintiff amended that complaint to add allegations of infringement of two more display panel patents. Last week, Solas OLED filed separate complaints in the Western District of Texas asserting both of those additional patents against Alphabet (Google) (6:19-cv-00515) and one of them against Dell (6:19-cv-00514), with infringement allegations targeting products with organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays and calling out Google’s Pixel 3XL smartphone and Dell’s Venue 8 tablet.