As the last of its 2019 cases comes to a close, Magnacharge LLC, a plaintiff associated with Equitable IP Corporation, has filed its first round of 2020 suits, targeting Huawei (4:20-cv-00236), as well as retailers AT&T (4:20-cv-00234), Best Buy (4:20-cv-00235), IKEA (4:20-cv-00237), Kohl’s (4:20-cv-00238), and Target (4:20-cv-00239), all in the Eastern District of Texas. The single asserted patent generally relates to a “non-contact” charging device, with the defendants accused of infringement through the provision of devices (e.g., earphones, lighting products, smartphones, speakers, tablets, etc.) and chargers that either utilize or incorporate the Qi standard. Among the accused devices are various Apple devices, including AirPods and iPhones.
Another NPE associated with Equitable IP Corporation has been brought out of a tax forfeiture just before filing new lawsuits. In mid-August, Post Media Systems LLC rebooted its litigation campaign with cases against Alphabet (Google), Apple, and Pandora; now Magnacharge LLC has filed suit against T-Mobile (1:19-cv-01565) and Telephone and Data Systems (US Cellular) (1:19-cv-01566) a week or so after John T. Meli, Jr., Equitable IP’s founder, brought the entity’s Texas registration current. The sole patent-in-suit generally relates to a “non-contact” charging device, with infringement allegations targeting wireless mobile device chargers that utilize the Qi standard. Magnacharge accuses the wireless carriers of infringement through the provision of “non-contact type battery pack chargers” and mobile devices “configured to be chargeable by non-contact charging means according to the Qi Standard”, calling out various smartphones provided by Alphabet (Google), Apple, or LG Electronics (LGE).