Earlier this year, SableNetworks, Inc. (as patent owner) and Sable IP, LLC (as exclusive licensee) initiated its sole litigation campaign, filing seven networking suits in either the Eastern or Western District of Texas since. One of those East Texas defendants, Fortinet, filed a motion to transfer the case against it to the Northern District of California, the “home” of both Fortinet and Sable Networks. The deadline to respond to that motion has been twice extended, pushing the deadline to December 23. Last week, however, Sable filed a second suit against Fortinet in the Eastern District of Texas, this time together with Berkshire Partners (Masergy Communications) (5:20-cv-00196), Masergy alleged to be a Delaware corporation with “principal place of business” in Plano, Texas.
Sable Networks, Inc. and Sable IP, LLC (as patent owner and exclusive licensee, respectively) have filed a new case, against Nokia (6:20-cv-00808), in the Western District of Texas wing of their networking litigation campaign. That campaign began in mid-April 2020, hitting Cisco, Juniper Networks, Dell (EMC), and now Nokia in West Texas, as well as Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, and then HP Enterprise (HPE) (Aruba Networks) in the Eastern District of Texas. District Judge Alan D. Albright has declined to consolidate the first set of cases, setting a January 2020 claim construction hearing in the first-filed case, against Cisco, suggesting that the other defendants could join if so inclined. The East Texas suits have been consolidated, before District Judge Robert W. Schroeder III, with the Fortinet case designated lead.