Monetization firm IP Edge LLC has filed two more suits in what may be among the most tangled of its many campaigns. The new litigation was filed against Mitel Networks (1:21-cv-01232) and TeamViewer (1:21-cv-01231) by Fusion IP LLC, one of four IP Edge plaintiffs to bring suits as part of this campaign, interwoven in part due to a complicated set of apparently erroneous assignments of the asserted former Xerox patents by and between various IP Edge entities, including multiple corrections. Additionally, in June of this year, Compulink Management Center, Inc. (d/b/a Laserfiche) filed a Central District of California declaratory judgment action against one of the other three plaintiffs, Realm Licensing LLC, pleading on information and belief that the actions filed by that plaintiff have all “been baseless and settled with a walk away or a sum that is substantially less than the cost of defense”. Laserfiche’s complaint discloses a specific dollar figure from an “unsolicited offer” to settle one of Realm’s cases.
Less than 20 of the roughly 130 patent assets that IP Edge LLC acquired in April 2020 from Xerox (directly or from subsidiary Palo Alto Research Corporation (PARC)) have appeared in litigation to date, the most recent cases filed by the Texas monetization firm’s Paradise IP LLC. That controlled entity just sued Appsense (Ivanti) (1:21-cv-00600), Aspiro (1:21-cv-00597), Backblaze (1:21-cv-00598), CommVault Systems (1:21-cv-00599), and Spotify (1:21-cv-00601): for Aspiro and Spotify, over the Tidal and Spotify music streaming platforms, respectively; for Backblaze, over the Backblaze backup service; for CommVault, over the Commvault data protection platform; and for Ivanti, over its asset management platform. At issue are features such as certain data collection practices and offline modes.
In April of last year, IP Edge LLC acquired a portfolio of roughly 130 patent assets from Xerox (directly or from subsidiary Palo Alto Research Corporation (PARC)), some of which the Texas monetization firm has asserted in a financial services campaign, filed by controlled plaintiff Milestone IP LLC, and in a somewhat scattershot campaign, litigated by four controlled plaintiffs so far. In IP Edge’s January 2021 filing spree, two of those plaintiffs added defendants to the somewhat scattershot campaign: Paradise IP LLC hitting Garnett (1:21-cv-00118) and Kingsoft Office Software (1:21-cv-00119) targeting the USA Today and WPS Cloud platforms, respectively; and Realm Licensing LLC suing Avaya (1:21-cv-00105), Connectwise (1:21-cv-00107), Greenhouse Software (1:21-cv-00109), and HubSpot (1:21-cv-00110) targeting the provision of certain document management features in their various software products and tools.