Pictos Technologies Inc. (f/k/a Imperium IP Holdings (Cayman), Ltd.) first sued Samsung in June 2014, that case resulting in an Eastern District of Texas jury verdict in the plaintiff’s favor that the Federal Circuit overturned in early 2019. Over two years later, Pictos has sued Samsung (4:21-cv-00376) in the same district, asserting a set of three image sensor and processing patents that overlap with four appearing in Pictos’s September 2020 complaint against Samsung before the International Trade Commission (ITC), which alleges trade secret misappropriation. The two complaints target the provision of certain image sensors, as well as a range of devices that incorporate them.
Imperium (IP) Holdings is asserting three patents in its newest suit that names Samsung as the defendant (6,271,884, 6,836,290, 7,092,029). The three asserted patents relate to digital screen lighting and only the ‘884 patent has been asserted in previous litigation; it was asserted in two separate cases against Apple, both filed in 2011. The last suit against Apple was dismissed in July 2013. Samsung's mobile phones, digital cameras, and tablets are accused of infringing the patent-in-suit. This is Imperium’s first new litigation since 2011 and only the second unique case filed by the entity. Imperium was also a defendant in two declaratory judgments filed by Kyocera in March and September 2012. The former case was dismissed for lack of standing in June 2012. The latter was dismissed in May 2013 by stipulation of both parties. 6/9, Eastern District of Texas, 4:14cv00371
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