TPL Files ITC Complaint against Mobile Device Companies
- July 26, 2012
Technology Properties Limited (TPL) [NPE], Phoenix Digital Solutions and Patriot Scientific [NPE] filed an ITC complaint against Acer, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Garmin, HTC, Huawei, Kyocera, LG Electronics, Nintendo, Novatel Wireless, Samsung, Sierra Wireless and ZTE. TPL alleges that notebooks, tablets, smartphones, e-readers, data cards, handheld game consoles and other wireless devices made, used, or sold by the defendants contain microprocessors that infringe a patent related to variable speed clocking. According to the complaint, the patent-in-suit has been licensed to Ford, Mattel, Sony, HP, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Philips. TPL asserts that the complainants’ “substantial investment” in licensing (contacting 400 potential licensees and generating more than $300M in licensing fees) and 2006 acquisition of OnSpec, a microprocessor chip maker, are sufficient to meet the domestic industry requirement. To date, two district court cases have been filed in the Northern District of California by the complainants against Nintendo and ZTE involving the patent-in-suit from the complaint filed with the ITC, as well as two additional patents. The complainants are represented by Agility IP Law in both the ITC action as well as the related district court cases. 7/24, ITC complaint, ITC-337-2904, Re: Wireless Consumer Electronics Devices and Components.