Last October, Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV) expanded one of the longest-running litigation campaigns on the books, having hit camera makers, wireless carriers, networking equipment manufacturers, and mobile device makers since 2011, to also include automakers. IV (as Intellectual Ventures I LLC and Intellectual Ventures II LLC) sued GM in the Western District of Texas, as well as Honda and Toyota in the Eastern District of Texas. Honda filed a motion to dismiss for improper venue, as well as a motion to stay matters until the Federal Circuit responded to petitions for a writs of mandamus filed by Hyundai and Volkswagen in response to a Western District of Texas order hinging venue there on the presence of in-district dealerships. In March, the Federal Circuit spoke, echoes of which continue to spread.
A jury in the Eastern District of Texas has returned a verdict of infringement in litigation brought by a subsidiary of Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV) against T-Mobile and Ericsson. The jury found that the defendants both infringed at least one of the patents-in-suit, T-Mobile through its LTE network and Ericsson through related LTE telecommunications equipment, awarding damages of $34M as to the former and $9M for the latter. That verdict comes after a series of recent setbacks for IV in the same litigation campaign, including the Federal Circuit’s affirmance of a T-Mobile Alice win last month and the partial grant in September of an Alice challenge brought by T-Mobile and SoftBank (Sprint). The European leg of that campaign has also run into trouble, with a noninfringement verdict reportedly issued last year in litigation against Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, and Vodafone.