Maxell has filed another lawsuit against Apple (6:21-cv-00158) in the Western District of Texas over its “‘smartphone’ patent portfolio”. In the new complaint, Maxell asserts 12 patents, nine of them litigated for the first time, bringing the total at issue in this campaign, which began back in November 2016, to more than five dozen. An Eastern District of Texas trial in a prior Maxell suit is also scheduled to begin on March 22, with each party filing an opposed motion—one concerning trial timing; the other, the fate of patents not selected for trial—both citing, at least in part, the current COVID-19 pandemic, a circumstance that Maxell concedes is “anything but normal”.
On the heels of recent settlements with ASUSTek, Huawei, and ZTE, Maxell has sued Apple for alleged patent infringement (5:19-cv-00036). Maxell’s March 15 complaint, filed in the Eastern District of Texas, accuses various Apple devices of infringing ten patents, including patents previously asserted by Maxell against ASUSTek, BlackBerry, Huawei, and/or ZTE. The patents asserted against Apple also include several that were at issue in a June 2018 trial against ZTE, which culminated in a $43.3M damages award.