Freeny’s Campaign Grows with 11 New Suits Targeting Smartphones
- July 16, 2014
A group of three individuals in East Texas—Bryan Freeny, Charles Freeny III, and James Freeny (Freeny)—filed 11 suits against BlackBerry, HTC, Huawei, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Pantech, Samsung, Sony, TCT, and ZTE. Each suit asserts four patents related to access of a wireless device to a pay phone or public kiosk communication unit (6,490,443) and digital machine integration (6,806,977, 7,301,664, 8,072,637). The complaints accuse defendants’ smartphones of directly infringing the asserted patents. Plaintiffs also allege that by providing instructions and technical support on their websites, defendants are inducing their customers to infringe the patents.