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 Acer and Vizio, alleging that the defendants’ LED backlit monitors and televisions infringe a patent related to group III-V nitride films that are fabricated on mesas. Bluestone has filed five prior suits since May 2010 against over 15 defendants including Best Buy, Epistar Corp, Formosa Epitaxy, LG Electronics, OSRAM, and SemiLEDs. The patent-in-suit originated with Xerox and was assigned to Bluestone in September 2012. 9/13, Eastern District of Virginia, assigned to District Judge Robert G. Doumar and referred to Magistrate Judge Tommy E. Miller, 2:2012cv00509; assigned to District Judge Henry C. Morgan, Jr and referred to Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Miller, 2:2012cv00510; assigned to District Judge Robert E. Payne, 3:2012cv00665.
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