Image Processing Technologies, LLC (IPT), a subsidiary of General Patent Corporation (GPC), has rebooted a much-narrowed version of a litigation campaign that began with a suit against Canon back in 2013 and expanded in litigation against Samsung running between May 2016 and August 2020. The new complaint, filed against LG Electronics (LGE) (2:22-cv-00077) in the Eastern District of Texas, focuses on claim 1 of one of the seven patents-in-campaign, the others getting seriously banged up by the PTAB as well as by prior district court invalidity rulings. Infringement allegations again focus on the provision of smartphones and tablets with cameras that include image and face detection features.
In October 2018, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) continued to see petitions for inter partes review (IPR) filed against Native American tribes following the Federal Circuit’s July ruling that the tribes’ sovereign immunity does not apply in the context of IPR, including a petition brought against the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe over patents at issue in the campaign waged by SRC Labs, LLC. That petition was filed shortly before the Federal Circuit declined to revisit its sovereign immunity opinion in late October. Also in October, the PTAB instituted trial in four IPRs against a subsidiary of Quarterhill Inc., which just reported a significant drop in quarterly patent licensing revenue over the previous year. Meanwhile, October saw a number of notable final decisions, including one issued in an IPR against a subsidiary of General Patent Corporation.