Location Based Services, LLC (LBS), an entity controlled by inventor and frequent plaintiff Leigh M. Rothschild, has opened up a second litigation campaign from a portfolio of patents received in a December 2016 transfer from Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV). The two new complaints tag Cobra Electronics (1:18-cv-00308) and Sony (1:18-cv-00283) in the District of Delaware, asserting a single patent generally related to organizing image data by, among other things, location metadata. The accused product in the Cobra Electronics complaint is its Drive HD Player for PC and Mac, while Sony is accused of infringement through provision of PlayMemories software for Mac, Windows, and PS3. LBS’s second litigation campaign comes as the NPE appeals to the Federal Circuit an Alice-related order gutting—but not ending—its first.
Display Technologies, LLC, one of the numerous NPEs controlled by inventor Leigh M. Rothschild, has filed a new round of cases in its ongoing litigation campaign. The plaintiff’s latest two lawsuits accuse Gibson Brands (Gibson Innovations) (1:17-cv-01426) and Pioneer (1:17-cv-01427) of infringement through the provision of various Bluetooth audio devices. Both are alleged to infringe through the provision of portable Bluetooth speakers, with Philips also alleged to infringe through Bluetooth-enabled home audio devices such as stereos, and Pioneer through Bluetooth-capable home theater systems. These two complaints, filed in Delaware, are the first that Display Technologies has filed outside of the Eastern District of Texas, and the first since its case against HTC was transferred from the latter district in June due to the US Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland.
Leigh M. Rothschild’s Location Based Services, LLC (LBS) has added AT&T, SOFTBANK (Sprint), and Verizon (Cellco) to its litigation campaign begun in February of this year. The new complaints, like their earlier counterparts, assert various combinations of a group of seven related patents acquired from Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV); at issue are the wireless carriers’ GPS navigation apps and related devices. LBS’s latest suits follow the recent transfer of its cases against Garmin and Niantic from the Eastern District of Texas to the Northern District of California, and May dismissals of MiTAC and RM Acquisitions d/b/a Rand McNally.