For several years running, IP Edge LLC has been responsible for the most defendants added to NPE litigation campaigns throughout each calendar year. 2019 was no different. Last year saw roughly 400 defendants added to campaigns launched by plaintiffs associated with the Texas monetization firm, the campaigns spanning a wide range of technologies and now involving suits filed (and typically litigated in file-and-settle fashion) in myriad districts. A quick glance at the NPE’s January filings suggests that 2020 will see more of the same, while a recent Alice ruling may have just ended one of IP Edge’s 2019 campaigns.
According to recently released assignment records, prolific patent plaintiff IP Edge LLC has picked up roughly a dozen US patent assets from Huawei. Some of the patents transferred originally issued to Huawei (or its subsidiary Futurewei), but the original development work for others was conducted elsewhere, including at Avici Systems (d/b/a Soapstone Networks), Fujitsu, IBM, NCR, or Panasonic (Matsushita). It has not taken the Texas monetization firm long to debut the first of those assets in litigation; last Friday, Saros Licensing LLC, a recipient of three related patents generally related to a network-connected “domestic food-processing appliance”, sued ACP (1:19-cv-00764), Haier (1:19-cv-00766), LG Electronics (1:19-cv-00765), and Traeger Pellet Grills (1:19-cv-00767) in the District of Delaware and Sub-Zero (1:19-cv-00949) in the Northern District of Ohio. Other recent activity strongly suggests that more litigation from the transacted assets is to follow.
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