New NPE Targets Wide Variety of Remote Device Control Applications

  • April 17, 2014

New NPE Olivistar filed suits against forty four companies including ADTAmazonAmerican Traffic SolutionsBelkin, BlackberryBoxeeCrestonD-LinkFacebookGlobal MediaHoneywellLGLogitecLowes, Motorola, NETGEAROnStarPanasonicPhilipsRokuSamsung, Skype, SomfySonyTivoVivint, and Vizio. Olivistar’s complaints accuse a broad spectrum of products and services including online chat, home security and automation, wireless infant monitors, streaming media players, and a game console. The patents-in-suit relate to networked-based remote device control (6,839,7318,239,481). One of the two patents (the ‘731 patent) was previously asserted in litigation between 2010 and 2011 against at least ten companies by IPNav-entity Vigilos. That campaign included ADT, CiscoDISHIntel, and Sling Media; all defendants were later dismissed from the cases, mostly with prejudice within six months to a year of the complaint being filed. RPX reviewed the ‘731 and ‘481 patents in an open market opportunity in 2008 (Vigilos-OMA). In 2010 the patents were assigned to Boulder River Holdings, an entity that appears to be tied to Vigilos. No subsequent assignments have been recorded with the USPTO. 4/14, Texas Eastern District Court, 2:14cv003382:14cv00339,  2:14cv00340,  2:14cv00341,  2:14cv00342,  2:14cv00343,  2:14cv00344,  2:14cv003452:14cv003462:14cv003472:14cv003482:14cv00349; 4/23, Texas Eastern District Court, 2:14cv003902:14cv003912:14cv003932:14cv003952:14cv00399; 4/24, Texas Eastern District Court, 2:14cv005122:14cv005142:14cv005152:14cv005162:14cv005172:14cv005182:14cv005192:14cv005202:14cv005212:14cv005222:14cv005242:14cv005252:14cv005262:14cv005282:14cv00522:14cv005302:14cv005312:14cv005332:14cv005342:14cv005362:14cv005372:14cv005382:14cv005392:14cv005402:14cv005412:14cv005422:14cv00543; 4/25, Texas Eastern District Court, 2:14cv005452:14cv005462:14cv005472:14cv005482:14cv005502:14cv005512:14cv005532:14cv005542:14cv00555


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