EON Corp IP Holdings, a subsidairy of EON Corporation, formerly known as TV Answer, filed four separate suits against Apple, ASUSTek, LG Electronics, and Pantech Wireless alleging that the defendants’ mobile devices configured for receiving interactive video content infringe two to four patents (depending on the defendant) related to two-way communications networks. EON Corp has filed 12 prior suits since September 2008 against other wireless providers, and makers and sellers of mobile devices, including AT&T Mobility, Best Buy, Itron, MetroPCS, Silver Spring Networks, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Gilbert Dinkins is the named inventor on three of the patents-in-suit, two of which originated with TV Answer and were assigned to EON Corporation in October 1994. Dinkins assigned the ’491 patent directly to EON Corporation in December 1994. The ’757 patent was invented by Fernando Morales and was assigned to EON Corporation from TV Answer in July 1993. EON Corporation is currently involved in 11 active cases. 12/19, Eastern District of Texas, 6:2012cv00941; 6:2012cv00942; 6:2012cv00943; 6:2012cv00944.
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