Judge Shuts Down Clouding IP’s Campaign Asserting Symantec Patents
- August 7, 2014
A Delaware district judge ruled that Clouding IP lacks legal rights to assert on its own a group of Symantec patents and dismissed the NPE’s suits against 11 companies. Clouding, which is an IPNav subsidiary, was formerly named Stec IP; it changed its name in May 2012. That same month, Clouding initiated a campaign asserting a group of patents to which it purportedly held legal title pursuant to agreements with Symantec. The complaints alleged infringement of a total of 14 patents related to a range of technologies: computer hardware engineering and architecture, communication protocols and security, data indexing and storage, distributed and virtual computing, and network resource allocation and management. Two of the patents (6,925,481, 7,254,621), which relate to remote access to data, have been asserted by Clouding in more than 20 suits since 2012.