Starz Entertainment, LLC v. VL Collective IP, LLC et al DC
- Filed: 10/13/2021
- Case Updated Daily
- Latest Docket Entry: 12/02/2022
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October 21, 2022
VideoLabs, Inc. has filed a pair of complaints against HP, one in the Western District of Texas (6:22-cv-01086) and another before the International Trade Commission (ITC) (337-TA-3650). These new pleadings follow complaints filed both in district court and before the ITC earlier this year against Acer, ASUSTek, Lenovo (Motorola Mobility), and Micro-Star International, with the three patents asserted against HP also in suit against the prior defendants. VideoLabs targets the HP Envy x360 15 and Victus-series laptops over their alleged support of certain video codecs, including H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), VP9, and/or AV1.
July 11, 2022
The day after VideoLabs, Inc. filed Western District of Texas suits against Acer, ASUSTek, Lenovo (Motorola Mobility) and Micro-Star International, the NPE filed a complaint before the International Trade Commission (ITC) against those same defendants. That complaint targets the same feature set, related to video/audio coding and screen rotation, within the same variety of accused devices (e.g., computers, smart displays, smartphones, tablets), with the same four patents. VideoLabs pleads a domestic industry based on its activities combined with a confidential list of licensees.
June 30, 2022
In a latest round of complaints, VideoLabs, Inc., this time without its subsidiary VL Collective IP, LLC as coplaintiff, has asserted two video/audio coding patents already at issue in the campaign, as well as a third patent of similar subject matter but new to the litigation and a fourth patent, also new, this one generally related to a “portable terminal for displaying data on a screen”. The four defendants in this round—Acer (6:22-cv-00719), ASUSTek (6:22-cv-00720), Lenovo (Motorola Mobility) (6:22-cv-00721), and Micro-Star International (6:22-cv-00722)—have been accused in the Western District of Texas of infringement through the provision of a wide variety of devices (e.g., computers, smart displays, smartphones, tablets).
VideoLabs Keeps Growing Its Litigation Campaign, Adding Amazon, Netflix, and Now Meta Platforms So Far in 2022May 27, 2022
After initiating their sole litigation campaign in 2021 with separate cases against Dell and Lions Gate Entertainment (Starz Entertainment) and after expanding that campaign with early 2022 suits against Amazon and Netflix, VideoLabs, Inc. and its subsidiary VL Collective IP, LLC have added Meta Platforms (Facebook, Giphy, Instagram, WhatsApp) (1:22-cv-00680) to the fray. Five patents are asserted in the new Delaware complaint, which targets the provision of the Facebook website and app as well as various products and services related to messaging and streaming, targeting features related to video/audio coding or secure networking.
January 22, 2022
VideoLabs, Inc., together with its subsidiary VL Collective IP, LLC, has filed suit against Amazon (6:22-cv-00079) in the Western District of Texas, alleging infringement of seven patents through the provision of a wide array of products, including streaming systems and services, smart home devices, software, tablets, and TVs. At issue is the support of the H.264 and HLS streaming protocols, auto scaling, WebRTC and SRTP standards, and content flow control. The litigation will join prior affirmative disputes consolidated in the same district, also before District Judge Alan D. Albright, with Dell; a declaratory judgment action filed by Lions Gate Entertainment (Starz Entertainment) is underway in the District of Delaware.
October 14, 2021
Lions Gate Entertainment (Starz Entertainment) (1:21-cv-01448) has filed a complaint against VideoLabs, Inc. and its subsidiary VL Collective IP, LLC, asking the District of Delaware for declaratory judgments of noninfringement and invalidity of two patents held by each entity. Starz pleads that “[b]eginning in or about March 2021, [VideoLabs] asserted that Starz practiced certain claims” of those patents through the provision of its content management services, content bookmarking, MPEG-DASH streaming, and subscriber management services. VideoLabs has filed two affirmative infringement cases to date, now consolidated into a single Western District of Texas action against Dell.
September 10, 2021
VideoLabs, Inc.’s shift to patent plaintiff seems to have stuck, the patent collective suing Dell (6:21-cv-00932) for a second time in the Western District of Texas. Asserted is a third patent among more than a dozen acquired from various NPEs associated with NPE PanOptis Holdings, LLC in November 2020. VideoLabs targets in this second complaint products that “incorporate context adaptive binary arithmetic coding (CABAC) defined in the H.264 standard”, including desktops, laptops, tablets and 2-in-1s, and servers.
May 7, 2021
Launched in late 2019 as a patent collective meant to “reduce the volume of one-off assertions and constant threat of litigation” in the video space, VideoLabs, Inc. has filed its first patent infringement suit, hitting Dell (6:21-cv-00456) in the Western District of Texas over former Panasonic patents received from an affiliate of NPE PanOptis Holdings, LLC.