Back in December 2020, StratosAudio, Inc. filed separate cases against automakers Hyundai, Mazda, Subaru, Volkswagen, and Zhejiang Geely (Volvo). Infringement allegations centered on the provision of vehicle infotainment systems, but the campaign quickly ran into the issue of whether venue could lie in the Western District of Texas based on the presence of and relationships with car dealerships there. In a pair of September 2021 orders, District Judge Alan D. Albright ruled that venue tied to in-district dealerships can be proper, prompting Hyundai and Volkswagen to seek writs of mandamus from the Federal Circuit on the issue (2022-0108, 2022-0109), rulings now awaited in several other litigation campaigns in Texas.
Sonraí Memory Limited has sued Kingston Technology (8:21-cv-01039) and Western Digital (8:21-cv-01040) over the provision of devices that contain “SanDisk/Toshiba 64L 3D NAND flash chips”, as well as solid state drives (SSDs) that include Silicon Motion SSD controllers (Kingston) or Marvell SSD controllers (Western Digital). These new suits expand a campaign that started in February of this year with Western District of Texas cases against Alphabet (Google), LG Electronics (LGE), and Samsung and that proceeded with separate additional suits filed against Apple, Dell, and Kioxia in April, also in West Texas. The new litigation, by contrast, has been filed in the Central District of California.
This past week, having filed its first litigation in February 2021, Arigna Technology Limited kicked off two more campaigns. In the first, the Irish NPE sued BMW, Daimler (Mercedes-Benz), and Volkswagen (Bentley; Lamborghini; Porsche) in a single complaint (2:21-cv-00173) over automobiles that incorporate the Analog Devices AD8417/18 current sense amplifier. In the second, Arigna targets in separate suits BMW (2:21-cv-00172) over the provision of automobiles and components that incorporate the International Rectifier (Infineon) AUIR2085S; Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) and Volkswagen (2:21-cv-00175), over the provision of automobiles that incorporate the STMicro L9959S/T H-Bridges; and GM, Honda,and Renault (Nissan) (2:21-cv-00174), over automobiles or components that incorporate NXP Semiconductors MC339XX0-series chip packages.