ACQIS LLC, a subsidiary of Acqis Technology Incorporated, has filed Western District of Texas complaints against Microsoft (6:22-cv-00685) and Sony (6:22-cv-00686) in its long-running campaign targeting the support of the “[peripheral component interconnect express] PCIe and/or USB 3.x” functionality in various devices, here the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 computer and PlayStation 4 Slim gaming console, respectively. The new complaints come amid a Federal Circuit appeal from a summary judgment of noninfringement in a case filed earlier against Dell (EMC) (2021-1772), while earlier suits—one filed against each of Acer, ASUSTek, Inventec, Lenovo, and Wistron (Wiwynn)—deal with the fallout from a claim construction hearing and order from District Judge Alan D. Albright.
ACQIS LLC has expanded its sole litigation campaign, begun in 2009, with a new case against Acer (2:21-cv-00275) in the Eastern District of Texas. Cases from a round filed last fall—against ASUSTek, Inventec, Lenovo, MiTAC, Samsung, and Wistron—remain in early stages, while a prior suit, filed against Dell (EMC) in the Eastern District of Texas but transferred to the District of Massachusetts, was just dismissed, District Judge Allison D. Burroughs granting EMC’s motion for summary judgment of noninfringement of all claims from eight asserted patents. The court did so principally because the accused products do not comply with the PCI Local Bus Specification, as Judge Burroughs ruled is required under the court’s construction of a key claim term.
ACQIS LLC (d/b/a ACQIS) has filed suit against ASUSTek (6:20-cv-00966), Inventec (6:20-cv-00965), Lenovo (6:20-cv-00967), MiTAC (6:20-cv-00962), and Wistron (Wiwynn) (6:20-cv-00968), over the support of the “[peripheral component interconnect express] PCIe and/or USB 3.x” functionality within a wide variety of devices (e.g., computers, laptops, motherboards, and servers). The new cases, filed in the Western District of Texas, join an active September 2020 suit filed in the Eastern District of Texas against Samsung and a September 2013 suit against Dell (EMC), the latter having been transferred from East Texas to the District of Massachusetts, where fully briefed dispositive motions have been on ice for more than two years.
ACQIS LLC (d/b/a ACQIS) has added a case against Samsung (2:20-cv-00295) to a litigation campaign that it began over a decade ago. The inventor-controlled plaintiff targets—with previously well-litigated patents and with patents new to litigation—support of “[peripheral component interconnect express] PCIe and/or USB 3.x functionality” in a variety of Samsung mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, computers, and TVs. This campaign has proceeded in waves, one filed in 2009 against IBM and others, which ended in early 2012; and another filed in September 2013 against four defendants, including EMC (subsequently acquired by Dell), which case remains “active” in the District of Massachusetts. This past March, counsel for ACQIS respectfully requested that District Judge Allison D. Burroughs set a hearing for dispositive motions sitting fully briefed since September 2018 and also set a trial date, noting that the “inventor . . . is approaching seventy, that “[t]he expert witnesses are in their sixties”, and that he, counsel for ACQIS, is in his “late sixties”.