Modern Telecom Systems, LLC, a new NPE incorporated in Delaware on February 13, 2017, has asserted a single patent (6,504,886) with a long history, this time against Dell (1:17-cv-00208), targeting various desktops, laptops, and printers made and sold by the company. The ‘886 patent has been characterized over the course of its litigation life as a “learning sequence patent”, generally related to synchronization signals exchanged by network interfaces (in the past, dial-up modems) to learn how to communicate with one another. The new complaint targets Wi-Fi-enabled computing devices, alleging that operations compatible with particular Wi-Fi standards infringe the ‘886 patent. It has been asserted in two prior campaigns: one brought by V-Dot Technologies LLC between August 2010 and January 2012 against Acer and HP and the other waged by Modern Telecom Systems LLC, a California entity (without a comma), between March 2014 and June 2016, against ASUS, Earthlink, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Microsoft, Toshiba, UNICOM (US Robotics), United Online (Juno, NetZero), and Verizon (AOL).
Modern Telecom Systems (MTS) sued ASUS, Fujitsu, Microsoft, and Toshiba for alleged infringement of six patents related to dial-up modem systems (5,970,100, 6,163,570, 6,332,009, 6,504,886, 6,570,932, 7,062,022). The complaints accuse a wide range of defendants’ products of infringing the patents-in-suit, including laptops, PCs, notebooks, tablets, Wi-Fi adapters, routers, and a game console. Five of the six patents were asserted by MTS in its March 2014 suits against AOL, Earthlink, Juno Online Services, and Netzero. The ‘570 patent, which MTS alleges is infringed by Microsoft’s MSN dial-up Internet service, has not been previously used in the NPE’s campaign. All six of the patents-in-suit either originated with or were assigned to Conexant. The patents passed between Mindspeed Technologies and Telecom Technology Licensing before being assigned to V-Dot, which asserted them in litigation against Acer, Gateway, and HP in August 2010. V-Dot assigned the patents to MTS in February 2014. 6/13, California Central District Court, 8:14cv00916, 8:14cv00920, 8:14cv00923, 8:14cv00925
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