VDPP LLC last sued Microsoft and Lenovo (Motorola Mobility) in December 2020, both cases filed in the Northern District of Illinois and both dismissed without prejudice in March 2021 after Central District of California Judge James V. Selna invalidated claims from three patents asserted against VIZIO for indefiniteness. However, in March 2022, the Federal Circuit reversed that ruling, remanding for further proceedings, in response to which VDPP sued Microsoft, in April 2022 in the Western District of Texas, and now Motorola Mobility (1:22-cv-03280), again in the Northern District of Illinois. The Microsoft case was dismissed earlier this month, while the new Motorola Mobility suit has been assigned to District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow.
For the latest suits in its video image processing campaign, filed against Lenovo (1:20-cv-07694) and Microsoft (1:20-cv-07694), VDPP LLC has turned to a new venue: the Northern District of Illinois. Its prior cases—closed matters against Acer, Facebook, Hisense, and TCL (TTE Technology) and separate ongoing suits against ASUSTek and VIZIO—were all filed in either the Northern or Central District of California. The accused products throughout the campaign have included smartphones, tablets, televisions, and virtual reality headsets, with its newest cases targeting laptops (i.e., Lenovo’s ThinkPad A275 and Microsoft’s Surface).
Inventor-backed VDPP LLC has added a third case to the campaign that it began in early August, suing TCL (TTE Technology) (5:19-cv-02019) in the Central District of California. Those earlier cases accused Acer and Facebook of infringing several video image processing patents through certain features within a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, and virtual reality headsets; the new suit adds televisions to the accused product mix, accusing TCL’s “Class 3-Series,” “Class 4-Series,” “Class 5-Series,” and “Class 6-Series” televisions (as well as certain Alcatel-branded smartphones) of infringing patents from the same single-family portfolio.
Video image processing patents asserted by a plaintiff associated with monetization firm Dominion Harbor Enterprises, LLC through January 2019 have now been returned both to their named inventors and to litigation. VDPP LLC, an entity that those named inventors formed in Oregon, has filed suit in the Northern District of California over certain assets from the returned portfolio, accusing Acer (3:19-cv-04571) and Facebook (3:19-cv-04597) of infringement through the use of certain image processing features within a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, and virtual reality headsets. In the new campaign, the plaintiff discloses Dynamic IP Deals, LLC (d/b/a DynaIP) as a nonparty having an interest in the outcome of the proceeding, at least the third NPE to do so this year.
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