e.Digital Sues Makers and Sellers of GPS Navigation and Video Recorders

  • December 19, 2012

e.Digital filed suit against MiTAC, TigerGPS.com, Newegg, Backcountry, Best Buy, J&R Electronics, Sears, and Buy.com alleging that MiTACS’s navigation products and video recorders and the sale of the accused products by the remaining defendants infringes two patents covering the use of flash memory technologies. e.Digital, formerly Norris Communications, owns a portfolio of five patents (named Flash-R), which includes the patents-in-suit. Re-examination certificates have been issued for both patents-in-suit on select claims. In the past two months, e.digital has filed over 13 suits against other makers and sellers of portable media players, video records, and tablets, including Woodman Labs, Mach Speed Technologies, Creative Labs, Osram Sylvania, GPX, iRiverShaghal, Gundig, SanDisk, Philips Electronics, Yamaha, LORG, and Diasonic. Before this string of suits e.Digital had only filed three suits between 2007 and 2009. In 2008, e.Digital filed suit against Avid Technology, Casio, LG Electronics, Nikon, Olympus, Samsung, and Sanyo where it licensed and settled the litigation against all defendants, resulting in one-time licensing fees totaling $10.1 million. The patents-in-suit originated with Comp General, which changed its name to Norris Communications and assigned the patents to e.Digital in March 1995. 12/17, Southern District of California, assigned to Judge Anthony J. Bataglia and referred to Magistrate Judge Ruben B. Brooks, 3:12cv02997.  


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