Uber (6:21-cv-00685) has been sued in the Western District of Texas by Bluestone Ventures, Inc., a Virginia plaintiff describing itself as a “patent licensing and enforcement company”. Bluestone targets Uber’s platform, particularly its driver-rider matching features, with two patents generally related to displaying the location of “transportation providers” on a map, determining the pickup location of a customer through their mobile device, and selecting a “preferred” transportation provider based on variables such as passenger capacity or estimated time of arrival.
Bluestone Innovations[NPE] filed two separate suits against Best Buy and LG Electronics, alleging that the defendants’ LED backlit television products infringe a patent related to semi LED technology. Bluestone has filed three prior suits since May 2010 against more than 15 defendants including Epistar, Formosa Epitaxy, OSRAM, and SemiLEDs. The patent-in-suit originated with Xerox and was assigned to Bluestone in May 2010. On July 10, 2012 Northern District of California judge, James Ware, denied Bluestone defendant Nichia‘s motion to dismiss for lack of standing in case filed in January of this year (3:2012-cv-00059. 9/11, Eastern District of Virginia, 1:2012cv01011; 2:2012cv00503.
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