TQ Delta LLC, a Techquity Capital Management, LLC subsidiary, has sued CommScope (ARRIS) (2:21-cv-00310) and Nokia (2:21-cv-00309) over the provision of DSL (digital subscriber line) equipment that complies with various DSL standards, including ADSL2/2+, VDSL2, G.bond, G.inp, G.vector, and G.fast. These Eastern District of Texas cases fall into a campaign that has been litigated before District of Delaware Judge Richard G. Andrews in two batches—one concerning DSL equipment and the other concerning Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) technology, a technology that enables media distribution over existing in-home coaxial cabling—since late 2013. More than 50 patents have been asserted, which Judge Andrews has divided up into multiple families for staged trials, two of which have resulted in jury verdicts favorable to TQ Delta, and which the PTAB has considered through nearly 30 petitions for inter partes review (IPR) filed.
This past week, Senior District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon signed a sealed order closing cases that Evolved Wireless LLC brought in June 2015 against HTC, Lenovo (Motorola Mobility), Microsoft, Samsung, and ZTE. The order follows a proposed stipulation by the parties to stay those suits to await the outcome of the plaintiff’s appeal (19-2362) from a judgment, entered in the sixth June 2015 case in the campaign after a Delaware jury found this past April that Apple does not infringe either patent-in-suit. Last week also saw Evolved Wireless file its opening appellate brief, which argues that the district court erred by refusing to order a new trial based on several arguments, including because the trial court kept from the jury evidence allegedly “inconsistent with Apple’s arguments at trial that [the patent subject to the appeal] is not essential to the LTE standard”.
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