At its recent annual conference, RPX observed that a large portion of the peak NPE activity observed in 2010 through 2015 was due to “jumbo” litigation campaigns targeting dozens of defendants. For example, nearly one-fourth of all defendants added to NPE campaigns in 2011 were sued in a campaign that saw more than 30 defendants hit that year. Such campaigns are now rare—but not nonexistent. This past week, the only such “jumbo” campaign to launch since 2015 jumped into third place on the list of largest NPE campaigns ever, the seven companies sued (Aver Information, Dynacolor, Dynacom Communications, Fuho Technology, GeoVision, and Logipix) bringing the total number of campaign defendants just shy of 250.
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Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. has filed another round of cases in its long-running litigation over former Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV) patents, suing 3xLOGIC, Carrier Global, CBC America, Firstech, and VOXX in the District of Delaware; Infineon Technologies (Cypress Semiconductor), and NXP Semiconductors in the Western District of Texas; Logitech and Phytec America in the Western District of Washington; Navitar in the Western District of New York; ThorLabs in the District of New Jersey; and TI in the Eastern District of Texas. The plaintiff asserts four patents in overlapping sets, with the defendants accused of infringement through a wide variety of products including cameras, interface devices, multimedia processor units, and more. Since launching this, its first litigation campaign, in May 2019, Cedar Lane has sued over 200 defendants and asserted a total of 51 patents.