NPE’s Second Wave of Filings Target a Wide Variety of Consumer Electronics

  • June 17, 2014

Modern Telecom Systems (MTS) sued ASUS, Fujitsu, Microsoft, and Toshiba for alleged infringement of six patents related to dial-up modem systems (5,970,100, 6,163,570, 6,332,009, 6,504,886, 6,570,932, 7,062,022). The complaints accuse a wide range of defendants’ products of infringing the patents-in-suit, including laptops, PCs, notebooks, tablets, Wi-Fi adapters, routers, and a game console. Five of the six patents were asserted by MTS in its March 2014 suits against AOL, Earthlink, Juno Online Services, and Netzero. The ‘570 patent, which MTS alleges is infringed by Microsoft’s MSN dial-up Internet service, has not been previously used in the NPE’s campaign. All six of the patents-in-suit either originated with or were assigned to Conexant. The patents passed between Mindspeed Technologies and Telecom Technology Licensing before being assigned to V-Dot, which asserted them in litigation against Acer, Gateway, and HP in August 2010. V-Dot assigned the patents to MTS in February 2014. 6/13, California Central District Court, 8:14cv00916, 8:14cv00920, 8:14cv00923, 8:14cv00925


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