e.Digital Sues Retailers of Media Recording Devices
- December 6, 2012
e.Digital filed four separate suits against portable media player, digital video recorder and camcorder manufacturers Creative Labs, GoPro, Mach Speed Technologies and Osram Slyvania and retail distributors of those products, Buy.com, Hastings Internet, J&R Electronics, Kmart, Newegg, Quicksilver, Radioshack, REI, Sears, Sport Chalet, Target and Toys “R” Us alleging that portable media players, digital video recorders and camcorders made by Creative Labs, GoPro, Mach Speed Technologies and Osram Slyvania, infringe one or two patents (depending on the defendants) related to flash memory. e.Digital has filed more than 10 prior suits since March 2008 against more than 40 companies including Best Buy, Canon, Casio, Coby, LG, Nikon, Olympus, Samsung, Sanyo, and Yamaha. e.Digital is a publicly-traded company (PINK: EDIG) that was founded in 1988 as Norris Communications by inventor Elwood “Woody” Norris. In February 2006, e.Digital announced plans to monetize the company’s patent portfolio. Since 2008 e.Digital has reached settlement agreements with Avid Technology, Casio, Ikegami Electronics, LG Electronics, Nikon, Olympus, Samsung, Sanyo, and TIC Computer. In September 2012, e.Digital announced that it had retained Handal & Associates as its IP counsel to license and enforce its Flash-R portfolio. 12/4, Southern District of California, assigned to Judge Roger T. Benitez and referred to Magistrate Judge Barbara Lynn Major, 3:2012cv02877; assigned to Judge Larry Alan Burns and referred to Magistrate Judge Barbara Lynn Major, 3:2012cv02879; assigned to Judge John A. Houston and referred to Magistrate Judge William McCurine Jr., 3:2012cv02891; 12/5, Southern District of California, assigned to Anthony J. Battaglia and referred to Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford, 3:2012cv02899.