So far in 2022, Sockeye Licensing TX LLC has brought the number of defendants in its media casting campaign close to 75, suing Airtame, C&A IP Holdings (C&A Martketing), Fujitsu, Lumitrix, Vantop (Shenzhen Vantop Technology & Innovation), StarTech.com, ViewSonic, Walmart, Yaber Technologies, and, most recently, in July, HP (6:22-cv-00791) and L3Harris (Titan Company) (6:22-cv-00762). Two patents—broadly related to controlling “display devices” with a mobile device to download or view a video—have been asserted across these latest complaints, with devices (e.g., Chromebooks for HP and certain TVs for Titan) targeted. Titan is new to the litigation, but HP was one of the original defendants, sued as part of a large group in October 2015.
Sockeye Licensing TX LLC has added cases against Fujitsu (3:18-cv-07492) and VIZIO (8:18-cv-02148) to the suits naming Hisense, Panasonic, and Toshiba, separately filed in November. The same two patents, generally related to the use of a wireless communications device (e.g., a cell phone) to control and provide network connectivity to standard desktop peripherals (e.g., a monitor and keyboard), are asserted in Sockeye’s two newest complaints. Fujitsu is accused of infringement through the provision of a wireless HDMI dongle (branded by Fujitsu as the “FUJITSU Wireless Display for HDMI” and identified in the complaint as “Fujitsu HDMI”) that supports media casting from a smartphone, including content from Netflix; VIZIO, of VIZIO SmartCast, its smart TV platform that allows media casting using Chromecast.
The dismissal in late August 2018 of a case filed by Sockeye Licensing TX LLC against Lenovo ended that NPE’s last round of suits, filed in the Central District of California. Sockeye has now begun another round, this one comprising cases filed against Panasonic (1:18-cv-01750) and Toshiba (1:18-cv-01749) in the District of Delaware, over Blu-ray players that allow playback on a connected TV of video received on a smartphone, and against Hisense (1:18-cv-05129) in the Northern District of Georgia, over Hisense Smartcast, which facilitates similar functionality. At issue in the new complaints are two patents from a five-member family generally related to the use of a wireless communications device (e.g., a cell phone) to control and provide network connectivity to standard desktop peripherals (e.g., a monitor and keyboard).
The troubled litigation campaign of Sockeye Licensing TX LLC has come back to life, with the privately held NPE filing suit in the Central District of California against Belkin (8:17-cv-01218), Lenovo (2:17-cv-05266), LG Electronics (LGE) (5:17-cv-01431), and Microsoft (8:17-cv-01222). The new complaints assert one (8,135,342) of the two patents-in-suit (8,879,987) in the earlier round of litigation, and/or the most recent patent (9,547,981) from the same five-member family, which issued this past January. The patents generally relate to the use of a wireless communications device (e.g., a cell phone) to control and provide network connectivity to standard desktop peripherals (e.g., a monitor and keyboard), with infringement allegations targeting the manufacture and sale of Wi-Fi Certified Miracast products. Belkin, Lenovo, and LGE were defendants in Sockeye’s first attempt to litigate this family of patents, which started with a large set of complaints filed in the Eastern District of Texas and ended with Sockeye’s requests for adverse judgment and cancellation of claims in inter partes reviews (IPRs) responsive to severalpetitions filed by RPX.