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.
Magnacross LLC launched its first campaign last week with ten infringement suits filed against Best Buy, Insignia (BlackBerry), Fujitsu, HTC, LGE, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility, Samsung, Sony, and ZTE. The patent-in-suit relates to wireless transmission of data between a computing device and local data sensors through asymmetric division of a communications channel (6,917,304). Magnacross alleges that defendants are infringing the ‘304 patent by using smartphones and tablets to receive data transmissions from wireless mobile headsets and low-energy smart devices (such as activity trackers, smartwatches, and proximity/locator devices). The patent-in-suit originated with a car repair and tools company, Snap-On Equipment Ltd., and was assigned to TT IP—an entity with ties to Erich Spangenberg—in February 2008. Shortly after Magnacross was incorporated in Texas in March 2014, it acquired the ‘304 patent from TT IP. This appears to be the first time the patent has been asserted in litigation. 10/15, Texas Eastern District Court, 2:14cv00953, 2:14cv00954, 2:14cv00955, 2:14cv00956, 2:14cv00957, 2:14cv00958, 2:14cv00959, 2:14cv00960, 2:14cv00961, 2:14cv00962
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