Altpass LLC, an entity formed in Texas at the end of last year, has filed its first lawsuits, accusing BBK Electronics (OnePlus Technology)(2:20-cv-00105) and Fujitsu (2:20-cv-00096) of infringing up to three patents through the provision of certain computing devices, highlighting the OnePlus 3/3T and Fujitsu’s Stylistic Q739 Hybrid Tablet PC in each complaint. The patents generally relate to authenticating computer users through “user-selectable signatures”, with AltPass’s infringement allegations targeting login features of the accused devices that use, e.g., a fingerprint, pattern, password, or PIN. The family of patents asserted in this new campaign is no stranger to litigation, having been asserted by two prior NPE owners.
Tierra Intelectual Borinquen (TIB) filed 11 separate suits against Acer (with Office Max), Asustek, HTC, Kyocera, Lenovo, LG, Pantech, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, and ZTE alleging that the defendants’ tablets and mobile phones that allows users to select a mode to unlock the product — such as through face recognition, password, pin, pattern, or slide mode — infringe two patents related to a computer-implemented method for creating a signature for subsequent authentication (7,350,078 and 7,725,725). These are the first patent infringement suits initiated by TIB. The patents-in-suit were invented by Gary Odom and briefly assigned to FTE Exchange before being assigned to TIB in December 2012. RPX reviewed the patents-in-suit as an open market opportunity (IP Investments – OMA) in July 2012. 1/22, Eastern District of Texas, 2:13cv00037; 2:13cv00038; 2:13cv00039; 2:13cv00040; 2:13cv00041; 2:13cv00043; 2:13cv00044; 2:13cv00045; 2:13cv00046; 2:13cv00047.
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