Altpass LLC has fired off a third round in its sole litigation campaign, begun with April 2020 cases filed against Fujitsu, Kyocera, and BBK Electronics (OnePlus Technology) and continued with July 2020 cases filed against BBK (Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications) and BBK (Vivo Communication Technology), all in the Eastern District of Texas. The new round includes one suit also filed there, against Panasonic (2:21-cv-00285), followed by three filed in the Western District of Texas, one against each of Alphabet (Google) (6:21-cv-00797), Apple (6:21-cv-00805), and Microsoft (6:21-cv-00799). The NPE has targeted the provision of various mobile computing devices (i.e., laptops, smartphones, tablets) with three patents generally related to authenticating computer users through “user-selectable signatures”.
Altpass LLC, an entity formed in Texas at the end of last year, has filed its first lawsuits, accusing BBK Electronics (OnePlus Technology)(2:20-cv-00105) and Fujitsu (2:20-cv-00096) of infringing up to three patents through the provision of certain computing devices, highlighting the OnePlus 3/3T and Fujitsu’s Stylistic Q739 Hybrid Tablet PC in each complaint. The patents generally relate to authenticating computer users through “user-selectable signatures”, with AltPass’s infringement allegations targeting login features of the accused devices that use, e.g., a fingerprint, pattern, password, or PIN. The family of patents asserted in this new campaign is no stranger to litigation, having been asserted by two prior NPE owners.