Cellular Communications Equipment LLC (CCE), a subsidiary of publicly traded NPE Acacia Research Corporation, has filed its first round of litigation in roughly two years, hitting BBK Electronics (One Plus Technology) (2:20-cv-00079), HMD Global (2:20-cv-00078), and TCL (2:20-cv-00080) in separate suits filed in the Eastern District of Texas. While over its seven-year life, this campaign has seen more than 20 patents asserted, against nearly two dozen defendants, the current complaints assert a single patent, generally related to a mobile operating system with a software process that checks whether an application has permissions to perform a function. The defendants are alleged to infringe that patent through the provision of smartphones running Google’s Android 4.2 or higher, targeting the devices’ inclusion of the native Android Messaging app.
Multiple companies already active in Acacia Research Corporation’s Cellular Communications Equipment LLC (CCE) campaign have been sued once more, over former Nokia patents yet again. The NPE’s October 12 complaint (3:17-cv-02805), filed in the Northern District of Texas, asserts three previously litigated patents against mobile device maker ZTE, together with wireless carriers AT&T (AT&T Mobility), Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile), SoftBank (Boost Mobile, Sprint Solutions, Sprint Spectrum), Verizon (Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless); the defendants are accused of infringement through provision of various mobile devices with cellular service. CCE’s latest filing—its first in nearly six months—follows Acacia’s announcement last month that CCE and Parthenon Unified Memory Architecture LLC had entered into an agreement with Apple “to resolve patent litigation”.
Acacia Research Corporation has announced a 22 percent revenue increase for fiscal year 2016 and a dip in revenue for Q4, disclosing losses for both the quarter and the year that were significantly smaller than those in 2015. Meanwhile, VirnetX Holding Corporation reported stagnant revenue for 2016 along with a loss of its own, as it continues to experience setbacks in its sole litigation campaign due to post-trial rulings and the invalidation of multiple asserted patents.
Cellular Communications Equipment LLC (CCE) has filed two new lawsuits against HTC (2:17-cv-00078) and ZTE (2:17-cv-00079), each of which also names AT&T, SOFTBANK (Boost Mobile, Sprint), T-Mobile, and Verizon (Cellco) as co-defendants. At issue are certain HTC and ZTE smartphones, respectively, that utilize LTE networks, with defendants in both cases accused of infringing three patents (8,457,676; 8,570,957; 8,867,472) through the provision of those devices.
Cellular Communications Equipment LLC (CCE), a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corporation, filed two suits against a group of mobile device makers and wireless carriers. The complaints accuse LG Electronics and Sony mobile phones of infringing three former Nokia Siemens patents not previously seen in litigation (8,385,966, 8,848,556, 8,868,060). CCE also names AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, wireless carriers it associates with the import and sale of the accused phones, as defendants.
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