This past February, AVInnov LLC sued Charter Communications in the District of Delaware over four patents from a portfolio of more than three dozen that the Delaware NPE acquired in December 2018 from Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV). Before the deadline to answer, AVInnov voluntarily dismissed the case, in early August. Two months later, AVInnov assigned its entire portfolio to Cedar Lane Technologies Inc., a Canadian NPE already managing two litigation campaigns from its growing body of former IV patents, now numbering close to 100. It took Cedar Lane about a month to reassert the same four patents against Charter Communications (2:19-cv-00368), this time in the Eastern District of Texas, also suing Frontier Communications (2:19-cv-00269), also in the Eastern District, and Lions Gate Entertainment (Starz Entertainment) (1:19-cv-03189), in the District of Colorado. Accused are the defendants’ respective cable boxes.
Newly formed AVInnov LLC has initiated a litigation campaign over four patents, developed by disparate companies but all apparently received from Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV). The patents generally relate to creating, managing, and storing playlists. AVInnov has accused Charter Communications (1:19-cv-00373) of infringement through the provision of its “Charter Communications Cable Boxes”. This new litigation sits among many recent campaigns focused on patents that have shaken loose from IV over the past couple of years.